Infusion Confusion Part I

Infusion sites. There are quite a few to choose from, based on: your pump brand, auto or manual, straight, angled, short needle, long needle, Teflon canula, steel canula, if you play contact sports etc etc etc the list really does go on and on. In this post I will just explain the pros and cons for each and the next post I will explain my experience so far ๐Ÿ˜Š

For me and my Animas Vibe I have a choice of three different sites:

The ‘Inset II’ available with an auto inserter or manual (without inserter). Available in 6mm or 8mm canula. This canula goes in on a 90degree angle. The inserter is easy to use and great for people with less manual dexterity or younger children. The inserter itself becomes a self contained sharps container which is handy if you are out and about but very bulky.

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Photo retrieved from http://www.nzms.co.nz

The ‘Comfort Short’ which again comes with and without an auto inserter (first photo is with inserter, second photo is without). Available in 13mm or 16mm canula. I find the auto inserter very fiddly to use and if I did not have good manual dexterity I feel I would struggle. Because the canula goes in on an angle there is a little window that the entry to your body can be seen through, this is fantastic to check if the canula is in correctly and keep tabs on any possible issues throughout use. It’s also a great canula for those that have less fat as the canula doesn’t go in as deep as some others allowing you to place it where you may not be able to place the inset II.

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Photos retrieved from http://www.nzms.co.nz

Lastly there is the ‘Contact Detach’ a steel canula with a built in safety loop. It is not available with an auto inserter. Available in 6mm or 8mm canula. This canula is your go to if you have a Teflon allergy. It is not so great if you play contact sports. The inbuilt safety loop is a great feature that keeps your site that bit safer (lessens the chance of it being ripped out). It’s highly recommended for children.

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Photo retrieved from http://www.nzms.co.nz

Hopefully this gives you a bit more information about the possible canulas used for the Animas pump and helps you make a decision regarding which may suit you best.
I would really recommend that you get two different sites on your first script so that you have the ability to try more than one and are not stuck with your first choice ๐Ÿ˜Š

Best of luck choosing your site type and if I can help in any way let me know ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Hope

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