I have been experiencing bent cannulas. I gave been on my pump for a little more than a week and have noticed that every cannula I have removed has been bent at the end between 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the tip. The last one I had to remove because of a no delivery alarm and rising bg levels. My first two set were bent but still working when removed the third was not.
I am using the quick sets that everyone gets with a new pump. I have read that bent cannulas are the result of it hitting muscle. I'm not an overweight person anymore and my BMI is within the normal range but I don't consider myself lean either.
Are the 9mm cannulas I'm using to long or do I need to look into using a different set such as a silhouette.
What I recall from using all the sets available from Medtronic is not necessarely what the infusion set looks like , when removed , but the results of the blood tests taken over the time one has started a new set . I have been using the MM Sure-T's 8 mm and am relatively happy as long as I replace after 2 days and a few hours .
Just to update what I ended up with was the 13mm Silhouettes. I have just started my 2nd box and have not had a single problem since switching. I was OK with the Sure T but the shorter 6mm Quicksets also gave problems. It'll be Silhouettes for me for now on.
Funny thing is that I told my rep before I got my pump that I was not an overweight T2 and they sent me the 9mm Quicksets anyway she said that was the standard for a T2. I'm not complaining Medtronic was great in helping me solve my problem
Thanks everyone for your input.
Good news Stemwinder !! and happy to read , you are willing to try , what may work for you .I believe that officially the Sure-T's are promoted for kids ...oh , well I am over 72 :)
Thanks Nel, I was willing to try anything but didn't know Sure T's were promoted for Kids. I like them but not as much as the silhouettes.
And yes Laddie I do insert them by hand. I did try the harpoon thingy they call a Sil-serter. I found manual insertion to be a much smoother operation. The Sil-serter was for me a bone jarring experience.