[IP] was mad.. now it's finally sticking!
Thanks so much for the helpful suggestions I've received. I wanted to
share one I received that has worked (stood the test of two baths and an
afternoon at the waterpark) THANKS ANDY!
Follow list below, but instead of using IV prep before the mastisol, use it
*AFTER* applying the site. Use IV prep pad to "paint" outside of adhesive
pad surrounding the "cap" part directly over the canula. Paint adhesive pad
and surrounding area, then put on tegaderm.
Also, use iv pad to re-stick any loose edges both before and after being in
I've been struggling with this for months (especially after starting the
numbing cream), finally something that works! :) Now I'm happy!
From: The Kubicka Family
Date: 7/13/2006 2:31:39 PM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: OK, now I'm getting mad!
I'm going to the pumping experts on this one:
Please help. This is the process I've been using to get sites to stick
(thanks to ideas from the list.)
*Clean area with "Dawn" dishwashing liquid (to remove any possible oily
residue from numbing cream)
*Clean with alcohol
*Wipe with IV Prep
*Apply mastisol, rather thickly and fan until dry and tacky
*Insert Inset site
*Put on tegaderm patch, with hole cut in center for site (tried IV3000 in
past, came right off in water)
We've progressed from using just alchol pads and IV prep in several
(unsuccessful) steps to what we're doing now. Nothing seems to work 100%. I
know different kids have different skin compositions, and Mollie must just
be particularly "unsticky."
I'm getting so frustrated; they're still coming off from being in water
(sweat not really a factor). Today Mollie and I went to a play date and
kids had a wading pool and slip & slide. Played in water for maybe 1 hour
Before we went, I reattached the loose edges of the tegaderm with more
mastisol. We were home an hour or two, and noticed the darn thing had come
out. The top edge was still stuck, the bottom was loose and had allowed
canula to come out and fold over. I'M GETTING SO FRUSTRATED! I want
to be able to swim and play in the water like other kids. What am I doing
wrong? The only other thing I can think of is to put on a 2nd tegaderm
patch, at a 90 degree angle to the first.
Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Married to Tom 20 years
Mom to Jono (12 yrs), Jacob (7 yrs)
and Mollie ( 3 yrs, dx 9-16-05, pumping Animas 12-12-05)
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He
didn't trust me so much."
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