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Re: [IP] inserting Silhouettes
Di, I've always done like you, i.e., never removing the tape first. I
can't tell you how many silhouettes i messed up taking the tape off
first--not even sure why it is recommended to do it that way, since it is
som much easier your (and my) way (even on the butt). To simplify even
more, I first bend and fold back all 4 of the little tabs on the pull offs.
This makes it simpler to grab after insertion. I also hold it like a
knife (between thumb and middle finger with index on top). Sometimes the
needle bends a bit when inserting, but i usually catch it in time. I've
never had a catheter kink because of it.
>>>>>> Maybe I just like to be different, but I find that if I peel the
backing off the front part of the tape before I insert the needle, I
end up getting it stuck to my finger and messing it up. it may be just
because my sight is so bad I can't see what I'm doing, so I have to
feel, and it's easier not to have the sticky part exposed until you
have to. But it might be easier to do it this way when you insert a
set in your butt, for example, and can't see what you're doing.
Anyway, I find it easiest to remove the pastic sheath over the
back the front part of the tape with the backing still on, insert the
needle, then with my right hand I hold it in place and with my left
hand I pull off the backing tae and stick it down. I then repeat that
for the other side of the tape with my hands reversed (so I hold it
wiht my left hand and pull off the tape with my right. Lastly I pull
out the needle and attach the tubing.
What I haven't figured out is how to hold the needle as you're
inserting it. Do you hold it like a pen or like a knife? I find it
easier to get in if I hold it like a knife, but then sometimes the
cannula kinks when I do that, as I don't go in straight.
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