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What infusion set do you use? Opinions please!

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by CaitlynGrisham, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. CaitlynGrisham

    CaitlynGrisham Approved members

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hello! So, for the entire time that I've been using Minimed (about 16 days) I've had to change sites at least 10 times with bent cannulas every. single. time.
    I use the mios and I've tried both the 6mm and the 9mm; neither seem to work for me.

    I was wondering what everyone here uses and which ones you'd all recommend? Right now my insurance covers everything, so I can give almost anything a trial run.
  2. Ali

    Ali Approved members

    Aug 1, 2006
    Shortest steel needle set. I us the MM pump and sets.Ali
  3. MReinhardt

    MReinhardt Approved members

    Dec 29, 2007
    Mio's and Quick sets both have a learning curve. You have to press both sides of the inserter at the same time. If you dont, then you get the bent cannulas. You can practice with one of the used Mio's to get the hang of pressing both sides together. (no set in the mio) Just re-cock the Mio over and over for practice.

    My daughter has been using Sure T's, she likes them, some people dont. SureT's have a metal needle that stay in. My daughter is very thin, she uses the 6 mm cannula, with the 43" tubing. She is 20 years old.

    You can call MM and ask for samples of different sets. If you go here, https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/store/products/IS-PARA Its a list of site sets that are available.

    Hope you find something that works for her!
  4. MichS

    MichS Approved members

    Dec 9, 2008
    We"ve switched to the Sure-T's the steel sets, and Noah likes them. He says they don't hurt as much going in, but they hurt more coming out (only when we 've left them in too long). We are sure to tape it down really good though! We use these especially on his bum, where he isn;t so "soft". The cannulas always bent there for us.
  5. emm142

    emm142 Approved members

    Sep 7, 2008
    I always get bent cannulas with teflon sets. Apparently it's caused by not having enough body fat, so the cannula hits muscle and kinks. I've had great success with the 6mm sure-Ts. I was nervous of a metal set at first (I thought it would hurt) but it really doesn't hurt any more than a teflon one, and the insertion is really simple, just like giving a shot.
  6. twodoor2

    twodoor2 Approved members

    Oct 30, 2007
    We use sure-t's and love them. I use skin-tac and iv-3000 tape to keep it on though.
  7. selketine

    selketine Approved members

    Jan 4, 2006
    Try a steel needle set - William has been using them for 6 years with success. He seems to be allergic to teflon sets but I'm not sure about that.
  8. NeurosurgeryNP

    NeurosurgeryNP Approved members

    Jul 5, 2010
    Another option are the Silhouettes. I manually insert mine as the serter for them looks like a torture device. Work well for me especially on my belly sites. You physically see them going in. Gives me piece of mind that I know it is in.
  9. StillMamamia

    StillMamamia Approved members

    Nov 21, 2007
    Sure Ts here now.
    Used to use the Contact Detach.
    Both steel sets. They work very well.
  10. Abby-Dabby-Doo

    Abby-Dabby-Doo Approved members

    Feb 23, 2007
    Another happy Sure T household here.
    I love taking a bent cannula out of the equation.
  11. ecs1516

    ecs1516 Approved members

    Dec 11, 2007
    We use Insets which is the same as Mios. 6mm .
    We always pinch up so hit fat instead of muscle. More important if your child is thin. Also, make sure when you pull back the inserter on the Mio that the bottom is 'level' . You could sit it on a table to look at it or eyeball it. Those (and Insets) can pull back crooked. If crooked pop it in the air and pull back again. Also, like what someone above said make sure you press both sides at the same time. But, pinching up has really helped us.

    We have used 6mm for years. Used to use Quick set 6mm. Never had a bent cannula. We had a few on angled sets because we hit muscle though. We quit using those about 7 years ago though.
  12. Seansmommy

    Seansmommy Approved members

    Jun 16, 2009
    We use the Orbit micros and absolutly love them. They don't hurt at all and are so easy to use. We have an animas pump.
  13. 22jules

    22jules Approved members

    May 17, 2008
    We use the silhouettes with the inserter! As you can see different sets work for different people. Call medtronic and have them send you samples of all their sets so you can find out what works for you. You might need to borrow an inserter if you want one for the silhouettes from your rep.
  14. blbrocky

    blbrocky Approved members

    Apr 25, 2007
    My son has always used Silhouettes, manual insertion. No problems so far.
  15. Marcia

    Marcia Approved members

    Feb 22, 2007
    We used sureT's since pump start over 2 years ago and never had a problem. We recently started using Mio's, no problems but I am not as comfortable using them. SureT's were good for us because Abbey was so lean, it is like pushing a thumb tack into the skin, no teflon cannula to kink.
  16. Jacob'sDad

    Jacob'sDad Approved members

    Nov 20, 2007
    We use the Rapid D. Why? Because it has a steel cannula that won't kink and the manual insertion is a breeze. We have an Animas pump, but chalk up another vote for steel sets.
  17. slpmom2

    slpmom2 Approved members

    May 16, 2008
    Silhouettes for 2 1/2 years, and I think only one kinked site. And this is in my very skinny dd, who has very little body fat to work with. We insert them manually, just like giving a shot, and they've been great.
  18. Tiff's mom

    Tiff's mom Approved members

    Mar 23, 2010
    Sure-Ts here as well. We never even tried any other kind.

    A little while ago our CDE suggested silouettes, but , honestly, after i got a couple of samples of those, i just chickened out... looked too copmplicated.

    We love Sure-Ts because theres no clogging or bending, and the insertion is a breeze. Highly recommend them.
  19. shekov

    shekov Approved members

    Feb 22, 2008
    Another vote for Sure-Ts here.

    We switched after having so many kinked sites with Quick sets.

    Now I KNOW if we have wonky #s that it isn't a site issue. Eliminated A LOT of middle of the night emergency site changes.

    We use skin tac as well.

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