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[IPk] Re: Blood in Canula



I changed my infusion site yesterday and on pulling the used  canula out of
my abdomen noticed blood in it. Is this cause for concern and has anybody
else expereinced this.? Coincidentally my bgs have been elevated recently.
I have been on the pump for 1 month.

----- Original Message -----
From: John Neale <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2000 12:12 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] infusion set / cartridge change


> >    Does anyone reconnect a used infusion set to   a new cartridge. It
> >says quite clearly on the instructions that sets should be  changed at
> >least as often as the cartridges. I use "tenders" and my cartridges
(very
> >annoyingly) usually last about 10 days so if I follow the advice given
I,d
> >be wasting 2 days worth of infusion set and I fund the consumables
myself.
> >Is  there any reason why it would not be safe to do the above? (obviously
> >after  disconnecting the set from myself)
>
> Hi Abigail -
>
> I use Tenders and when necessary I will change the cartridge without
> changing the infusion set, as you suggest. I've not experienced any
> problems :-)
>
> But what I do more often though is to change the cartridge a day or two
> earlier than necessary, so I change cartridge and infusion set all at
once.
> It may mean throwing away a day or two's worth of insulin, but I'm not
> paying for the insulin directly, and it doesn't offend my sense of
waste...
>
> I've been on the pump for nearly 3 years now, and for the first year I was
> self funding. One thing I did do to save money was to reuse the cartridge
2
> or 3 times. It's not officially recommended, but I know a lot of people
who
> do this. Insulin itself contains strong preservatives, so the inside of
the
> cartridge remains fairly sterile on reuse. The only problem preventing you
> reusing it any further is that the lubricant inside the cartridge that
> stops the plunger sticking can wear thin, and cause a no delivery alarm.
>
> On the self-funding front: I've been there myself, and I feel you should
> only do this if the money *really* isn't a problem. You've got to be able
> to ruthlessly change an infusion set that's only been in a hour or two on
> the off-chance that it is in a bad spot, without fretting about the waste
> of 5 pounds. Although I'm not a rich man (yet!), I was happy that I did
buy
> my own pump and pay for my own infusion sets for a while, but I was very
> relieved when I secured proper funding.
>
> John
>
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>
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