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RE: [IP] Newbie-type Q



You would have just administered a 0.5u bolus if you left the needle in.
Once you have removed the introducer needle it will leave a small pocket
of air about 0.5u in size. So you would need to prime again once the
needle is removed.

I prime the tubing manually until a small amount of insulin appears at
the tip of the cannula. I then insert the infusion set, remove the
introducer needle. At this point, the 0.5u prime is needed to fill the
void that the needle leaves. If you leave the needle in while priming,
all you're doing is bolusing since the introducer needle is filling up
the empty space in the cannula. The introducer needle doesn't fill 100%
of the cannula, and thus, doesn't block the insulin from exiting the
infusion set into your body.

Hope this helps.

CJ

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted
[mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of SaraMG
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 5:19 PM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: RE: [IP] Newbie-type Q

My SWAG is that you didn't get any as the needle would be blocking the
passageway.  I've never been in a similar position as you CAN'T prime a
sil
without removing the introducer needle (they share the same port).

-Sara G.

-----Original Message-----
I've been pumping only 18.5 years and have a newbie-type question: I
just
changed my SofSet and while priming the 0.5u inside me, I realized I had
not
yet removed the introducer needle. Now, did I get all of that prime, or
did
that mess it up royally?????

Janduh (~_^)
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