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Subject: [IP] Re: wasted insulin



Summer wrote:

I just did a site change and I sucked all the old insulin out of the tubing
into the old res, then I attached the old res to the new tubing and manually
 primed the tubing then quickly disconnected it from the empty old res and
hooked
it to the new full res.

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Summer,

 Sucking insulin out of old tubing is a bad idea because this is the one part of
the set that can most easily become contaminated during regular use. I've seen
people develop serious staff infections from this practice. I know it's hard to
waste 20 units each time you toss a tubing, but it is a lot cheaper than a
possible surgical incision and drainage and antiobiotics.
Leigh Steed, RN, CDE
Pump Trainer
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