Do you use an inserter? How long do they last? Do you have a backup?

Before I joined TuDiabetes, I didn't even know there was such a thing as an inserter. Now I don't want to live without it. I was just chatting with a friend here that seems to have one that broke after only a few months. I've had mine almost a year, and it seems to be fine, but just wondering how long yours have lasted.

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Medtronic will send you a new one if you call and tell them yours broke. I have 2 inserters for the quick sets and one for the sils, but if I use the sils I prefer to insert manually. I also have the soft serter for the CGMS. I was having trouble with the inserter for the quick sets, sticking when I pushed down the button so I called Medtronic and they sent me a new one.
I've been using an inserter for the sil for 5 years. It hasn't failed/broken yet. No back-up, though.
I've only been pumping since 1/29. I use a Quickserter but I have trouble pushing both buttons at the same time. I even practice without the infusion set. After reading the other contributions, I'm going to call Medtronics and have them send me another.
Yes. Don't know. Yes.

Got mine from Medtronic with my pump in April but also had one from 4 years ago. I have both of them around and working. No problems.

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI
I was given a new one from minimed as well but the old one is still alive and kicking. It's 5 1/2. It was a little sticky from the adhesive residue. Cleaned it with alcohol and it works just fine.

I have a Minimed 522 and order my supplies through CCS Medical. I just found out today that some people do the insertion manually. The biggest problem is keeping the inserter clean. An alcohol pad is too small to get the sticky off oneself and clean the insertion device. I take those pads women use to clean off make up with and douse one of them with alcohol & clean everything with that, each time.

I think I've got one that is probably 15 years old and is still functioning. Now I'm using the Inset by Animas. Each set has an inserter with it. I have one that was used with syringes that I've had since the mid 1970's. Of course they no longer make the syringe that fits that one. I was looking awhile back when my friend told me she was having a hard time injecting. I love them all. They make it so much easier.
hi Marie, yes, (quickserter), and I immediately bought a backup after I saw how it was built..... though it's 2 now and a bit "old", and showing no signs of wear. Backup is NIB (ebayspeak)
I actually broke the LinkAssist inserter (accu-chek).. the plastic cracked, and the two blue plates fell out somehow.. But Accu Chek was pretty good about replacement, though they did want the inserter back.. Their inserters have a 15(or 16) month warranty.. thought the number was a bit odd but I plan to get a spare when i become eligible next year.
Ok, fess up. What IS an inserter? I've been having nothing but trouble with Ping insertion sets recently. Grrrrrr...
if you use an inset, the "inserter" comes with each infusion set. with something like a quickset (minimed) , it's a separate, losable, plastic spring loaded thingy. if you use a sure t or some angular sets, you don't have an inserter and you manually slap your set on.

hope this helps.
I have used the same inserter that came with my pump in December 2000. Some people insert without one but I just find it easier to use the inserter and with less hesitation. I just press the button. If I insert by hand, I am going to pause and think about it while getting up the nerve to do it. It is just the idea of it, not that it hurts more. I tried the quick sets but I hated its inserter as you have to push two buttons simultaneously. So I still use sof sets.




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