Archive for January, 2016
Insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices work best when insertion sites and parts and accessories are changed as recommended. Resolving to make “a healthier you” in 2016 can start with a good understanding of your device and its disposal parts and ensuring you are always equipped with adequate supplies.
Insertion site management refers to choosing the best locations on your body to place insertion sets and sensors, but it also involves the frequency in which the site is changed and new supplies are put in place.
John Wright, Diabetes Management & Supplies Director of Sales, wears an insulin pump and stresses that site management can affect the level of blood sugar control. “It is most important with insulin pumps as the infusion set is infusing insulin,” he explains. “The CGM, however, doesn’t affect the blood glucose as much if the patient wears it for longer.”
Insulin pump wearers will experience poorer blood sugar control when a site has been used too long before rotation.
It is recommended that CGM sensors be changed every six to seven days, but infusion sets should be changed every two to three days. For the best site locations and interval times, consult your doctor.
Infusion set placement should avoid the following areas:
- Into the 2-inch (5.0 cm) area around your belly button
- Where your body naturally bends a great deal
- In areas where clothing might cause irritation (for example your beltline)
- Where you have scarred or hardened tissue or stretch marks
Insulin pump use will require supplies that include insertion sets, reservoirs, tubing, cartridge caps, batteries, dressings and adhesives. This list varies depending on the individual users and the brand of pump.
CGM devices will require supplies that include sensors, receivers, transmitters and batteries.
To ensure the best results, keep an eye on your supplies on hand and always place reorders enough in advance that you don’t run out of supplies or over use your insertion sites. Click HERE for our efficient reorder form or call 1-888-738-7929 to place an order by phone.