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Re: [IPk] Insulin availability; was "insulin abuse"



Ah - OK, fair enough. I wouldn't have thought it likely, but I suppose it IS
possible.
I stand corrected.
Di
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Neale" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Insulin availability; was "insulin abuse"


> >Why would an infection at the site cause a problem with the
> >insulin in the cartridge????
> >Nothing flows UP the tubing.
>
> Forgive me disagreeing with you, Di :-)
>
> But fluids mix. Isn't it called Brownian motion or something? Bacteria
> infected body fluid at the tip of the cannula will slowly mix with insulin
> in the tubing, and this could potentially get all the way back up to the
> cartridge itself. The same way that blood occasionally creeps back up the
> tubing. Except you can see blood. You can't see bacteria.
>
> So I would vote that a site infection is a very good reason for changing
> the whole system - cartridge, insulin, tubing and infusion set. Else you
> may pump the bacteria back into your new infusion site.
>
> I'm not attempting to quantify anything here. The insulin preparation in
> the bottle supposedly has very powerful disinfectant properties. But it
> might seem sensible to exclude all risks, lest you end up with blood
> poisoning or something stupid like that.
>
> John
>
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