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Which Infusion Set Is Right For You?

Which Infusion Set Is Right For You? | The LOOP Blog

A new year often brings change, and one of these might include changing the type of infusion set you wear. Infusion sets come in different kinds, each with different tubing and cannula length options. Based on lifestyle changes, your body type, and fluctuations in individual needs, your healthcare team might recommend looking into other infusion sets. Since there are many options, this is a popular topic. This article was previously published in our News to Infuse newsletter.

Did you know that we offer 4 types of infusion sets with over 20 different configurations to match your specific needs? Whether you’re extremely active, pregnant, or are interested in alternating where you wear your site, we’ve got an infusion set to meet your needs. Recently the American Association of Diabetes Educators produced a white paper that highlights the best practices in the management of insulin pump therapy, specifically the importance of proper infusion set selection in the success of insulin pump therapy. The paper suggests taking into account both the features of the infusion set itself such as cannula/needle and tubing length and the pump wearer’s attributes, like bodily characteristics and physical activity level.Important Notice: There are different insertion methods and prime amounts used for the various infusion sets we offer, so before making any adjustments to your infusion sets remember to always consult your healthcare team first. Cannula and tube length selections should take into consideration Body Mass Index (BMI), which is calculated based on an individual’s weight and height.

Plastic Cannula Infusion Sets

MiniMed Quick-Set® infusion set
– our most popular infusion set with 90-degree insertion, optional Quick-serter® available for easy and comfortable insertion

This infusion set can be used if:

-You have a fairly moderate active lifestyle
-You often use alternate infusion set sites (like the thigh)
-You have poor dexterity

If you have low or average Body Mass Index (BMI) use the 6mm cannula length. If you wear your insulin pump close to your infusion site, 18″ or 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ or 43″ tubing would be your best fit.

If you have average or high BMI use the 9mm cannula length. If you wear your insulin pump close to your infusion site, 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ or 43″ tubing would be your best fit.

Click here for a Quick-Set How-to insertion video

MiniMed Mio® infusion set– convenient “all-in-one” infusion set with a combined serter and infusion set

This infusion set can be used if:

-You have a fairly moderate active lifestyle
-You often use alternate infusion set sites (like the thigh)
-Are often on the-go (serter and infusion set is combined for easy packing)
-Would like an option for colors (the MiniMed Mio comes in pink, blue, and clear)

If you have low or average BMI use the 6mm cannula length. If you wear your insulin pump close to your infusion site, 18″ or 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ tubing would be your best fit.

If you have average or high BMI use the 9mm cannula length with 32″ tubing.

Click here for a MiniMed Mio How-to insertion video

MiniMed Silhouette® infusion set
– flexible insertion angle infusion set with 20-45 degree insertion, optional Sil-serter® available for quick and easy insertion

This infusion set can be used if:

-You are very active
-You are lean or muscular
-You are pregnant (recommended from second trimester onward, the Sure-T is recommended for the first two trimesters)

If you have low or average BMI use the 13mm cannula length. If you wear your infusion set close to your infusion site, 18″ or 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ or 43″ tubing would be your best fit.

If you have average or high BMI use the 17mm cannula length. If you wear your insulin pump close to your infusion site, 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ or 43″ tubing would be your best fit.

Click here for a MiniMed Silhouette How-to insertion video

Steel Needle Infusion Sets

MiniMed Sure-T® infusion set
– simple steel needle infusion set = with a manual 90-degree insertion

This infusion set can be used if you:

-Have had reactions to infusion sets with plastic cannulas
-Have a history of bent cannulas with other infusion sets
-Are pregnant (recommended for up to the second trimester, and then the MiniMed Silhouette)
-Are a small child

If you have low or average BMI use the 6mm needle length. If you wear your insulin pump close to your infusion site, 18″ or 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ tubing would be your best fit.

If you have average or high BMI use the 8mm needle length. If you wear your insulin pump close to your infusion site, 23″ tubing is right for you. If you don’t, 32″ tubing would be your best fit. You might also consider a 10mm needle length with 32″ tubing.

Also keep in mind that the Sure-T is approved to be worn for 2 days instead of 3 days since it is a steel needle infusion set.

Click here for a MiniMed Sure-T How-to insertion video

Visit our Website for more information on all our infusion sets, or our online store to place an order.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
– Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
– Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
– Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
– Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Please visit MedtronicDiabetes.com/isi for complete safety information.

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