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Re: [IPp] site infections



Unisolve can be found at www.drugstore.com.  I love that site!

Does anyone know the name of the skin cleaner that is supposed to
remove staff?  Our endo said they used to have all pumpers use it, its
hypo something or other.


On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 17:38:10 -0800, Val n Dave Christy
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> Hi Charlotte,
> Do you use a Tegaderm or IV3000 occlusive dressing before the Tincture? Or
> Tinture on the skin, then directly on top of that the set? Right now we put
 > the set down and then a Tegaderm or IV3000 over it. My son swims
competetively
 > too and our sites often loosen and sometimes lift. Where do you find
Unisolve?
> Thanks so much in advance for your help.
> Valerie Christy in California
> Mom to Dakota 6 (pumping Cozmo 1 year Jan. 8th!!! )
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Charlotte Holt<mailto:email @ redacted>
>   To:
> email @ redacted<mailto:email @ redacted
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>   Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 3:14 PM
>   Subject: [IPp] site infections
> 
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>   I'm almost afraid to post this because maybe it'll jinx us, but in 4 years
>   and 10 months of pumping, Annie has never had one single site
>   infection.  She's a competitive swimmer who spends much time in pools and
>   lakes--and when time allowed, she used to love hours-long baths in the
>   company of an assortment of plastic creatures and dolls. The bath water
>   would get cold and gray before she was ready to get out!  She and I can
>   recall 3 times in all these years that a set pulled off, and only once was
>   it water-related.  And her sites have consistently healed without problems.
>   It may be luck that's kept her free of infection, but maybe it's our
>   routine:  When we remove a set, we soak it with a Unisolve pad for a couple
>   of minutes, slip it off in the opposite direction from how it went in, and
>   scrub away the remaining gorilla snot and adhesive with the same pad (the
>   Unisolve pad is slightly rough and she says it feels good to safely
>   "scratch" the area with it once the set is gone).
>   Then we wipe the area with a clean alcohol pad, and rub in a little triple
>   antibiotic ointment.  We've also been known to forget and leave an old site
>   attached for several more days before we REMEMBER to remove it--a real
>   problem if she does disconnect for any reason and then can't recall which
>   site we were still using!  For several years we often used a good site for
>   a week, but we try now to change them every 3-5 days, just so their
>   effectiveness doesn't begin to diminish and her numbers don't creep up as a
>   result.
>   BTW, tummy sites just never worked well for Annie, too much bending and
>   movement caused bent cannulas or discomfort.  She uses her upper rear end
>   and hips exclusively, a much more stable environment apparently.
>   Hope this is helpful!
>   Charlotte
>   PS
>   Unisolve is also great for cleaning off bandaid stickum, street tar,
>   chewing gum, permanent ink, paint, and many other things.  I don't know how
>   it is so effective and yet so gentle to a child's tender skin!
>   PPS
>   We are only on our 2nd two-ounce bottle of Tincture of Benzoin in 4+
>   years.  We use a Q-tip to apply and a little dab'll do it!  Let it get
>   slightly dry and tacky before putting down the set, then use an alcohol
>   wipe to clean away the excess around the edges so the site is pretty!
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