Tape tips and site management

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I looked down the other day and saw that the edge of my infusion set site was no longer sticky and beginning to peel. To be cautious, I put a piece of tape over my site and was back to business. At times I am often overly cautious because of the whole saying "I'd rather be safe than sorry," and because I have also learned what can happen when I don't take that extra special care. 

I am reminded that with diabetes and an insulin pump, you must always be paying attention. A pat in your bag to make sure you feel that your meter is there. A double (or triple) check to make sure you have the snacks in your drawer you may need for later. And an extra glance at your infusion set site, and at times the need to cover it up with extra tape. (Note to self: since you used that piece of tape, put an extra piece in your bag so you have an extra one the next time this happens.) 

Last year I helped lead a project that revamped our Tape Tips and Site Management brochure to help people like me in moments such as this. We are super excited about it, and as a customer myself I appreciate that I have a copy of it handy if I ever need the extra information. Have you seen it? Download a copy from our website and save it for future reference, and let me know what you think!


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Submitted by Amy (not verified) on

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I was wondering if anyone had a problem with the canual of the patch part infusion set bending? When I insert a new patch, often it bends and I don't know this until a day of high sugar numbers.

Submitted by Nicole Dobbs (not verified) on

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I have had diabetes since I was 8 years old (25 now) and I have had my pump for only 5 days and I was wondering I have the quick set infusion sets and was wondering I have my site right below where the natural bend is the canual is going to bend from any pressure inside it being right below my natural bend when I bend over or bend down with three kids this is often. Thanks!

Submitted by Pam (not verified) on

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How in the world do you insert infusion set on your back. I can't reach there and live alone. I've been a Diabetic for 62 yrs since 18 mos. I love my Medtronic Paradigm . Please give me some advice.

Submitted by Jan (not verified) on

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Did you ever get an answer on this? I have had the pump for 8 mo. I need new sites also as my abdomen is running out of area.

Submitted by Lacie Andraschko (not verified) on

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I am having a hard time keeping my sensor on because of sweating while i work out. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have double, triple, even quadruple taped it. I actually have gibe through 4 sensors in 7 days bc of this! Please, any suggestions are welcome!!

Submitted by LOOP Blog Editorial on

In reply to by Lacie Andraschko (not verified)

Lacie, have you have a chance to discuss this with our 24-Hour HelpLine? If not, they might have some suggestions to help. Please call us at 1.800.646.4633, option 1.

Submitted by Matt (not verified) on

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My wife uses Grif Grips tape. She is a personal trainer and exercises daily. It works great for her. She also trims the corners to 45 degree angles so they don’t lift up as easily

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