So all the literature..and lectures says to change sets no longer than every 3 days 1, 2,, day three it comes out and a new one in..so does this mean:

 

If I put an infusion set in on Tuesday--that it comes out and a new one goes in on Thursday---or Friday..how do you count 3 days?

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are you already pumping or looking for advice? because my pump holds 200 units of insulin and I need to change my set every 2 days, because in that time i've run out of insulin. If I could make it to 3 days I totally would, although by then it kind of starts to get irritated with me and i'd end up changing it anyways. So for me (changing every 2 days) if i put an infusion set in on tuesday night, I would be changing it thursday night. If it lasted me three days then i would put it in tuesday night and change it friday night, and so on.
hope that helps =]
I am already pumping...was told by someone else I was doing it wrong that if I put it in on Tues...Tues is day 1, Wed is day 2, Thursday is day three--that is should come out on Thursday and a new one in--I have not been doing it this way...so just curious how others counted
We count 3 days as 72 hours - put in on a Tuesday, replace on Friday.
I count Wednesday as day 1 and so on, so change on Friday
glad to know I'm not toatlly crazy :-)
I know the recommendation but I keep mine in for 4 days and have for 9 years. I wonder how many people get the 200 unit reservoir without thinking that their insulin needs may change over time and find it inadequate. I am limited in what pump I buy because only MM provides the 300 unit as far as I know. But I have lived with it so far--300 units = 4 days for me. I am NOT recommending that anyone else follow my habit, however.
i go less by the clock than by feel and my numbers. that means i use each site for about 7 days. i've been pumping for 12 years and never had a problem. it's important to note that the 3 day interval is only a recommendation; not a medical mandate. it's not required by the fda and, as far as i know, there are no peer reviewed studies that conclusive show a 3-day interval is best/essential.
the pump companies push it relentlessly because there's a whiff of medical support but mainly because it's good business. fewer days equals more revenue.
I have been changing my inset every 4 days.I change my cartridge every 8 days.The total amount I need usually for the 8 days is about 140 units and I don't use all of it..That includes 2 primes.I can't image needing 200 units every 3 days.Maybe Jodie needs to correct alot.
Nell, I knew my needs would generate changing cartridges every two days due to insulin needs but chose the Animas over Medtronic anyway. Pump brand was totally my choice and I knew Medtronic would last longer with the 300 u reservoir but based my choice on many things and felt the two day changes were offset by other things Animas Ping offered me. It was right for me and I have not minded the changes. I think everyone has to figure out what works best for them. As for how to count days for site change, I vote for the 72 hr rule.
Personally I think Friday would be the end of 3 days. Like others, I change mine when my reservoir runs out which is usually between 3 and 4 days.
you are not alone ;) I asked myself the same question at the beginning and maybe once or twice after... like the others, Tuesday + 3 days = change on the Friday.
Hey Denise,

The day I change the infusion set is my Day 1 (like you say above - change on Tues - comes out on Thurs) - that's how I remember. Also - I have found if I put enough insulin in my insulin reservoir for just 3 days (usually I'm down to about 6 units when it's time to change) then I can't go any longer.

I used to originally fill the reservoir up with 200 units (I didn't know any better as I was self taught with using pump), but then of course, I'd go for 4-5 days (I think one time it was 6 - ugh). Then I was told by a long time pumper once I joined up to online forums (thank heaven for these places), not to do this, as scarring/infection can occur, which in the long run, will eventually cause absorption probs.

I've been pumping over 2 years now, and so far, with rotation of 1", doing okay (I use stomach, back area (around the love handle areas above below waistline), and my legs).

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