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You made the decision to use an insulin pump. You overcame your anxiety about inserting that infusion set, and you found some basic techniques to wear or hide the pump. But still, some questions may remain. Maybe you're wondering about getting your set to stay in place. Maybe you're concerned about finding an appropriate site to begin with. Either way, the following tips and tricks should help you choose and maintain an infusion site that gives you as little trouble as possible.
Choosing and Preparing a Site
A good rule to follow when picking an infusion site is to place it anywhere you could inject with a short-needle syringe. Avoid places that will be constricted or irritated by clothing, such as belt or bikini panty lines. You should also avoid locations you might sit on or constantly bump. (see figure 1).
Once selected, the site needs to be carefully prepared. Careful attention to cleaning the site cannot be over-stressed. You want sites that can be reused later, with good insulin absorption, and no infections.
Consider your personal issues and planned activities for the number of days you plan to use the site.
The following challenges may influence your choice of site location:
Once you've found an appropriate site, keep the following in mind to make the set stay in place as comfortably as possible:
Maintaining Good Sites
Change your sites as recommended by your physician or educator/pump trainer. Each new site should be at least an inch away from the old site. Additionally, make sure to check for the following regularly-they're a sure sign your site needs changing:
We are all unique, and will have different issues appear from time to time. By following some simple procedures, however, you can make sure to minimize your risk of injury and infection. Here's wishing you years of successful pumping.
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