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RE: [IP] questions for MM Paradigm users
I have a paradigm too. I was not told I had to prime to do an insertion (or
at least I do not recall being told.) I have, due to a bad site or bleeding
or brucing right after insertion, taken the old quickset site out. I
prepare another site with a new quickset without priming, insert it and then
attach the old tubing to the new site. I then prime the new site and all is
good. I do not do this all the time, just as needed in order not to through
away so much insulin. BTW, I was told by my CDE that MM is thinking on
changing how they package the quicksets in order to make it more practical
in situations like this.
Regarding prefiling your reservoirs, I was told by my CDE that I should not
do that since bacteria might grow on the surface and then they are
introduced by the needle and then my sites might not last the whole 3 days
without infection. Just my 2 cents, but it might be that your sites do not
last due to bacteria since the reservoir is not protected until just before
doing a change. Then again, you can say the same thing about the insulin
bottle witch we just wipe with alcohol before refills.
Eloisa and her bombita (little pump)
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 09:35:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Linda Bork <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] questions for MM Paradigm users
I have a Paradigm.
My first question is regarding site changes and quicksets. The quicksets
are packaged in such a
way as to almost force you to change everything at once - the reservoir, the
tubing, and the site
itself. The reason I say this, is that the site as packaged is already
connected to the tubing.
I was told that the tubing MUST BE PRIMED whenever you insert a site. So
this means if I have a
bad site, but my reservoir is nearly full, and the tubing is only a day old,
I have no choice but
to throw away the old tubing, rewind the pump, prime the new tubing, and
then insert the new site.
Because this will use at least 10 units, it often means I will need a new
reservoir, in order to
avoid the reservoir going empty before I am ready to change the site.
I am wondering if anyone has tried to just insert a new site, without the
tubing primed or
connected to the pump, and then just connect the old tubing to the new site?
This is easy to do
with the silhouettes, but I am not sure you can do it with the quicksets.
If you have ever done
this, please let me know.
I recently started filling my reservoirs in advance - several at a time,
instead of filling them
during a site change. I feel like my sites are not lasting well, and am
wondering if storing the
insulin in the plastic reservoirs for an extra week might cause the insulin
to degrade. I am
wondering if anyone else pre-fills their reservoirs, and, if you do, do you
have any problem with
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