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Infusion Sets / IV Sets

If you’re living with diabetes, you’ve likely heard of the term “infusion set.” But what exactly is it and why do you need one? In this article, we explore the basics of an infusion set – from its components to its purpose – so that you can make more informed decisions about your diabetes management.


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What is an infusion set?

An infusion set is a small, disposable device that is used to deliver insulin to your body through an insulin pump. It consists of a thin, plastic tube (catheter) that is inserted under the skin on your abdomen, hip, or buttocks and threaded through to the insulin pump. The other end of the catheter is connected to an infusion port, which is where the insulin is delivered. The infusion set also includes a needle that is used to insert the catheter into your skin and a cannula (a small, hollow tube) that goes under your skin and delivers the insulin.

How does a pump work?

A pump is a mechanical device that moves fluids, or gases, by physical force. Pumps can be classified into three major groups according to the method they use to move the fluid: direct lift, displacement, and gravity pumps. Pumps are used in many industries for a variety of purposes. For example, pumps are used in the food and beverage industry to move liquids through processing lines, in the automotive industry to circulate coolant and lubricants, and in the construction industry to remove water from excavations.

Do I need an infusion set?

An infusion set is a small, disposable device that helps deliver insulin to your body through your pump. It’s made up of a few parts:

• A cannula (a small, thin tube) that goes just under your skin

• An infusion site (where the cannula is inserted)

• A tubing system that connects the infusion site to your insulin pump

You’ll need to change your infusion set every few days, depending on the type of set you use. Infusion sets are not one size fits all—there are different types of sets for different body types and activities. Your diabetes team will help you figure out which type of set is best for you.

Size of a typical infusion set

An infusion set is a small, sterile tube that is used to deliver insulin from an insulin pump to your body. The size of a typical infusion set is about the same as a thin straw.

Where and how to change your infusion set or needles

An infusion set is a small, sterile tube that's inserted underneath the skin to deliver insulin directly into your body. It's connected to an insulin pump, which is a small, computerized device that's worn outside the body. The pump sends insulin through the tubing and into your body on a regular basis. You'll need to change your infusion set or needles every few days, depending on the type of insulin you're using and how often you need it. Your doctor or diabetes educator will help you figure out how often to change your infusion set or needles. When it's time to change your infusion set or needles, here's what you'll need to do:


1. Wash your hands with soap and water.


2. Remove the old infusion set or needle from your body.


3. Dispose of the old infusion set or needle properly (ask your doctor or diabetes educator for instructions on how to do this).


4. Insert the new infusion set or needle into your body.


5. Connect the new infusion set or needle to your insulin pump.


6. Test your blood sugar levels regularly (ask your doctor or diabetes educator how often to do this).

Tips for preventing infection

An infusion set is a crucial component of any insulin pump, and it is important to keep your infusion set clean and free from infection. Here are some tips for preventing infection:

-Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your infusion set.

-Always use a new needle when inserting your infusion set.

-Change your infusion set every 3 days or as directed by your healthcare provider.

-Keep the insertion site clean and dry. Apply an alcohol swab to the area before inserting the needle.

-Inspect the needle and tubing regularly for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you see any of these signs, discontinue use and contact your healthcare provider.

Infusion Sets / IV Sets There's a bit of confusion going on when it comes to terminology when it comes to diabetes management and insulin pumps; insulin pumps are fairly new on the market, and are a treatment option primarily for Type I diabetes, where the body doesn't produce insulin. The basic function of an insulin pump is to put a carefully timed and regulated dose of insulin in your body. It still doesn't free the user from having to monitor their own glucose levels, and they still have to prepare their own infusion sets. What they do allow you to do is avoid IV infusion sets or direct injection of insulin into your body; you can press a button on the insulin pump itself; on more advanced models, you can enter your glucose level, and the system will just put in a dose of insulin for you. The confusion in terminology is that the tubing that runs from the insulin pump to the patient's body is called an infusion set - it's a small plastic tube that goes to a canula and links into the part of the system that's injected into the body; the benefit of this arrangement is that it's less invasive than carrying a syringe around all the time. The infusion set needs to be replaced periodically (as does the canula) to maintain sterility and functionality, and buying replacement infusion sets can involve some confusion - some, but not all, medical suppliers think of traditional hospital style IV drip bags when the term infusion set comes up. When in doubt, look at the manufacturer's web site for the maker of the insulin pump you use. The manufacturer very likely sells all the replacement parts needed for their make and model, from the electronics to the canula tips to the tubing needed, as well as the standard dose of human genetically engineered insulin. As with most chronic conditions, it's important to keep a healthy perspective on what makes you go when it comes to your diabetes. It's always worth it to have an emergency kit -with spare batteries for the pump, an extra cartridge of doses, glucose pin prick strips and an extra infusion set, just in case you do something that torques or kinks the set in your body, or otherwise do something to damage the infusion set. While it's a bit frustrating to carry a small case of medical supplies, it definitely beats carrying around a set of syringes or a hypodermic insulin pen. Choose a perfect iv/infusion sets fix with your budget online from Nexgen Medical. Our infusion sets provides healthcare with a effective way. Infusion Sets