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Re: [IP] Re: transplants & silhouette priming

In a message dated 6/30/00 11:33:54 PM, email @ redacted writes:

<< do i have to prime with the silhouettes like i did with the bent needle 
cannula?  i find if i only prime .8 as suggested, sometimes the insulin is 
NOT making it through the tubing at all, but i don't know why.  i like doing 
a prime of 5.0 and just  watching to see that the insulin is moving through 
the tubing  >>

I wasn't sure in reading this whether you are doing all the "priming" steps.  
With the Minimed,  the first priming step is to push the plunger of the 
reservoir after you have attached the tubing until you see insulin coming out 
the end of the tubing.  Then, after you put the reservoir in the pump, you 
set the pump to prime (this is where the 5.0 units come in) until you again 
see insulin coming out of the tubing.  The 0.8 units is for after you have 
inserted the cannula and removed the metal needle, and its purpose is to fill 
the space vacated by the needle.  In sets like the bent needle where you 
don't remove the needle, you don't have this air space and therefore don't 
need this 3rd priming step.

Linda Z
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