I am in the process of ordering my pump and it will be ready to ship out next week, but I have no idea what type of infusion set to order with the pump, or what length of tubing. I am trying to decide between the quick set and the sure-t. Can I get your feedback on pros and cons of each, and any input about tubing length would be great.
I would suggest getting samples of each: Sure-T,Mio, and Quick-Set. Just remember on tubing length. The more tubing the more insulin you throw away when you change sets.
I'm in North Carolina.
I like the shorter tubing. There's less to get tangled. It also depends on where you put your site and where you wear your pump. You want some slack so you don't inadvertantly pull out your set. Medtronic is really great about sending you samples of as many sets as you want to try.
i first used the 9m tubing but they kinked on me so i went with the 6m and they work very well with the long tubing... long tubing works good for me so i can tuck my shirt in without it balling up at the top of my pants... I use the infusions on my belly
Chuck, you mean cannula length, not tubing length. The cannula is the little part that goes under your skin, and the tubing is what goes from the pump to the infusion set.
Anyway, Chauncey, they are right -- your best bet is to try samples, and get an idea of what you're most comfortable with. You don't want to order a 3-month supply of something that turns out to be wrong for YOU!
That said, I like the longer tubing because it allows me to put my pump on the bed while I'm getting dressed, and on the sink counter when I'm using the bathroom. It also free-floats in bed while I sleep. And when I don't need the length, I just coil up the tubing and tuck it into my waistband, and have never snagged it on anything in 13 years (on Mar. 17) of pumping.
But everyone's different! :-)
I like Quick sets 90 degree, with 48" tubing. It is nice to have some with a shorter length if you like to wear shorts and dresses in the summer, cause longer tube can droop out. I never roll or coil it, usually just slit my pocket or put the pump in my bra. I like to have 6 and 9 cannula lengths, because I have more fat in some locals than others. I.E. when I use the rear view, I am pretty muscle-ly, and often bend the tips, then I don't know until I have a few unexplained highs. I react to the metal cannulas like sure-T, and I have a hard time getting the angle right on the 45 degree silhouette.
Mike s is right, samples are great, but remember, you can get insert-ers if you need them. Its good to learn without too, in case of emergency. Like if you are in the car, somehow pump falls out, and you need to reinsert with the emergency supplies I know you will carry.
best of luck to you!
I too am new to pumping and the first wave of 'medical supplies" included the Quick Set. I was quite happy with it initially but began to have problems pretty quickly with the canulla getting crimped or bent after a day or so of wearing it (mostly at night when I slept). I spoke to my NP and she recommended I try the Sure-T infusion set. This thing is far easier to insert, no gizmo's just manual insertion. The needle is metallic, thin and small, I hardly notice it is connected. The profile is also less, so under clothing it is very discreet. Some have reported a little more discomfort with the metalic needle, but I haven't expereinced it as yet. Tube length for me....the longer the better. I try to wear my CGM on my thigh and the insertion set on my stomach, with the longer tubing I can ensure both the pump and CGM transmitter are relatively close to each other (sometimes I would lose signal, if the CGM was on the left leg for instance and the Pump was connected to a short tube on my right side. Other benefits of the Sure-T....The "spot" left after removal of the needle is smaller and seems quicker to heal. Cost is another benefit, it's a lot less expensive. Downside....there are two connectors near the insertion site, one for the needle and one for the connection from the needle to the Pump tubing, but again the profile of the insertion set is very low and inconspicuous. Medtronic seem more than happy to supply examples for you to try.......each to their own I suppose. Happy Pumping. Keef
ooh, another thing. I was told by the Medtronic Rep when I started. If I wanted to change out my infusion sets for a different kind, they would happily replace the unused sets....if they were still in an unopened box. Seeing as I had a 3 month supply (3 boxes of 10) this was an option I considered, but in the end I waited to change when the supplies came up for re-order. Keef
I just marked my first 24 hours with my pump!!!!!!!!!! I have the Minimed REAL TIME Revel. I have the Quick Set infusion set with 23" tubing. I was told that the Quick Set works best for people who can "pinch an inch" (by the people at the Medtronic Customer Service). I will probably call back later and get samples of other tubing styles & lengths, just for trying them out.
So far, so good. The pump spent the first night clipped on the neck of my gown. No problems. It was a little heavy for the fabric, but presented no problems.
Awesome! I'm glad you first 24 hours went well. My pump is scheduled to arrive on 3/6/12. I did decide to go with the quick set, 23" as well. My enod office said they would give me some samples of the other sets when I come in for my training.