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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Default Pump supplies: what is the average amount

    I was wondering how many boxes of infusion sets and cartridges do most people get for pump supplies. I have heard for a 3 month supply between 5, 4, and 3 boxes for infusion sets and the same for cartridges .
    DS1, 20 yr old, diag 3/2000 at 3 yrs old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001,Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09,Novolog ,Apidra(1/11),Back to Novolog 6/11, Navigator 8/08-5/09, Dexcom 5/09, Dexcom G4 12/12, G5 2015
    DS2 , 17 yr old, diag 9/2000 at 10 mths old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001,Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09, Revel 12/10, Back to Animas Ping 12/10, Novolog ,Navigator 9/08-5/09,Dexcom 5/09,Navigator 11/09,Guardian 9/10 Enlites 11/13,MM 730g 12/13 Dex 8/15, G5 2015

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    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Mandeville, LA


    Honestly, I don't pay that much attention, but I think our prescription is written to change our site every 2 days and the cartridges correspond. We will go three days if a site is working well, so we often end up with a surplus. I also don't change the cartridge every time I change the site so I don't always order cartridges when I order sites.

    I try not to automatically order every 90 days if I don't need to. I want some for back up, but not a huge stockpile. That just costs everyone in the end.
    MEVsmom]Mother to 11 yr old with rare, neurodegenerative condition (Passed away February of 2015) and an 11 yr old with T1D, diagnosed 7/23/13
    NPH and Humalog 7/23/13-11/20/13
    Lantus and Humalog 11/21/13-4/21/14
    Pumping with a blue Animas Ping since 4/22/14
    Dexcom G4 - September 2013 - present

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    I can order 5 boxes of infusion sets and 5 boxes of cartridges every 3 months. I fill up and use cartridges for 7-10 days (and I'm not opposed to reusing them) and sites for 4 days so I probably actually end up ordering sites every 6 months and cartridges even less than that. I think I pay around $10 per box of sites/cartridges so the cost isn't bad.
    Young adult with diabetes
    Pancreatectomy 2/17/2003
    Pumping 2/19/2003, Currently w/ Omnipod
    Medtronic 2003-2015, tslim 2015-2016
    CGM: MM 2006-2013, Dexcom G4 2013-2015, Dexcom G5 09/2015

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    Our daughter gets 6 boxes of infusion sets and 3 boxes of cartridges every 3 months. We also have a surplus, but we have needed that for when she's living overseas and needs to take a 9 month supply with her!
    mom to Molly, 24, dx 7/9/10
    Pumping with Animas Ping 11/10
    Pumping with T:slim 11/14
    Dexcom G5 8/16
    Dave, 28, non D
    Wife to Bob...great guy!!

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    My son's pods are written for changing ever 2 days. We get 5 boxes at a time.

    My daughter's sites and cartridges are also written for 2 days, so same deal. We fill the cartridges on schedule but the sites less often.
    Stacy - Mom to
    DD (13, diagnosed at 2) MDI and Dexcom
    MDI 2006-2009, Medtronic pump 2009-2011, MDI 2011-2013, OmniPod 2013, T:Slim 2013-2015, MDI 2015-2016, T:Slim 2016-2017, MDI 2017
    Other AI issues: Diagnosed with Graves' disease and juvenile idiopathic arthritis in 2014 and cholinergic urticaria in 2016. RAI treatment in 2017 for Graves'.
    DS (15, diagnosed at 10) OmniPod and Dexcom


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