Infusion sets are tubing that connects to an IV bag or bottle and connects to your body with an infusion site. They help deliver medication and fluids directly into your bloodstream. The right set can make a difference in how comfortable you feel while receiving treatment at home or in a facility. This article will help you determine which type of insulin pump infusion sets are best for your situation so that you can prepare for your next treatment.
Anatomy of an infusion set
Infusion sets are the devices that deliver medication and fluids to patients. They consist of a needle, tubing, and connector. The needle is inserted into the skin to provide access to medication or fluid delivery. The tubing connects the needle to a connector that’s connected to the pump.
Tandem Diabetes experts say, “Finding the right infusion set is an important part of successful insulin pump therapy.”
Insertion preferences (and resident belly size)
The placement of the infusion site is important when choosing your set. Some people prefer a more low-profile incision that’s hard to see, while others may want to avoid the potential for discomfort or irritation where the needle penetrates their skin. For example, a set with a longer catheter might be good if your resident has a very large belly, but it will require more time before changing sites due to its length compared with other sets.
Length of time before changing a site
The answer to this depends on your needs. For example, some people have a longer time span between changes, while others change more often. The general rule of thumb is that the longer you can go without changing your infusion set, the better it is for you and your skin.
However, there are some exceptions: if you suffer from dry skin or allergies that cause irritation and itching when wearing an infusion set for too long, you should look into changing them sooner than recommended.
Needle insertion angle
The needle insertion angle is the angle at which the needle pierces your skin when you insert it into your infusion site. This is important because it affects how fast fluid will flow into your body and, in turn, how quickly you feel better as a result of receiving treatment. The correct way to insert a needle is at an approximately 45-degree angle (though this depends on your specific situation).
If you were to insert the needle at a 90-degree angle or less than that, then blood flow would be blocked by gravity and absorption of medicine might not occur as intended (or could even be dangerous).
Gauge of the needle
The gauge of the needle is another important factor to consider when choosing your infusion set. The smaller the gauge, the thinner and more flexible it will be. Therefore, a smaller-gauge needle will be less painful to insert than a larger-gauge one. However, you should only automatically go for the smallest option available in some cases.
In this article, they have tried to clarify that infusion sets are very important for your health. The kind of infusion set or catheter you use is determined by the type of medication you take and how long it needs to be injected into the body. So you must know all about them before using them so that they don’t cause any harm in the future.