Silhouette 13mm will solve your problems....make sure your standing up when you insert the infusion set..
John - I've used a similar set, the Inset 30, 13mm. How does standing up when inserting help? I've had absorption problems with these sets. I'm thinking that old sites are the problem but I did have the occasional bent cannula. Have you used the Sure-T?
All of the diffrent layers of skin and tissue are lined up when you are standing, I have heard many CDE/CPE's say insert infusion set's standing.....maybe it's just a urban mith.
I agree with John that the Silhouettes are great. I only used the other kind (I don't recall what they are called...) for a bit, as I had a pull-out in a Tae Kwon Do class, tried the Silhouettes and haven't had any problems with them. They stick well and I find it easy to insert them manually, as I can kind of feel them in there. They are also easy to tack down with Opsite Flexfix tape for special conditions. I insert them in the kitchen so I'm always standing up.
I have always used quick-sets, maybe two bent cannulas in 10 years of pumping.
When I pumped with Medtronic, I had a couple of times where I had trouble with sets. They use to send you a package of different ones to try - you just needed to call customer service. No inserters, but at least you could try the other sets to see if you like one better. Also, I found that insertion in my buttock I am able to use the 6mm 90 degree cannula, but in my thigh (less fat) I had to go to the angled inorder not to have a problem. I also always stand up to insert (was never told to, just seems to work better)and I found out that using a skin prep (like skin tac) before insertion would bend the cannula more often than not even though you are suppose to be able to use it that way.
I was having lots of bent canula issues with my Mios. Bent canulas significantly decreased with Quicksets. I also tried a couple of sure-ts and while I didn't love them, I definitely didn't have any bent canulas (they use a steel needle instead of a canula). I would suggest calling Medtronic and getting samples of several different sets to try. Find the one that works best for you.
Are you pinching your skin up when you insert your infusion set? I had a bunch of bent cannula's as well when I first started pumping I use the quicksets. But as soon as I started pinching up my skin prior to inserting I haven't had anymore problems with bent cannulas.
Yes pinching. I seem to be fine in a very small area of tummy but no good elsewhere! This won't be good in the long term as I'd like to spread the load, as it were,
You can use the backs of your arms...4 spots on each arm = 24 days of rest for the tummy.