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[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V7 #653

This is the way we do it as well, with room temperature humalog.  The only 
 thing I would add is that you only need to push the same volume of air into the
insulin vial as the volume of insulin you will be drawing out into the 
 reservoir (just like with a syringe for injections). And I usually draw out 20
or so
units more insulin than we will use, then tap any bubbles to the top of the 
reservoir, then push them out with the extra 20 units, back into the vial.  
 Then you usually don't need to draw insulin into the reservoir a 2nd time due
losing too much while ejecting the bubbles.  This has gotten much easier over 
time.  Mary

Central Standard Time, email @ redacted writes:

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 18:45:11 -0500
From: "jimb" <email @ redacted>
Subject: RE: [IP] Air bubbles in resevior


First off, don't disconnect your pump until you have a reservoir that is
satisfactorily filled. You do not need to do that. Fill it first.

Secondly, place the reservoir and plunger over the insulin bottle and fill
it with air by pushing down on the plunger. Turn it over and let it fill
itself, after that pull down very slowly on the plunger and fill it to
The level it needs. If bubbles appear use a pen and tap lightly on the
Reservoir until they rise to the top. Push up on the plunger very lightly to

Eliminate them into the insulin vile, then gently pull down on the plunger
To fill it up. This process should take about 2 minutes.

After successfully filling it, disconnect your pump and current infusion
set, rewind the pump and continue on......
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