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Tue Jun 12 11:44:51 UTC 2012

my stomach is becoming resistant to my infusion set. Can I use my back - behind the abs as a new rotation location? Other good spots?
Asked By: nut4food  
Category: Insulin

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2012-08-21 17:33:59.0

Yes, in general you can insert your infusion set into any site where you would inject insulin. Site selection is very individual. For example, you may not want to use your upper legs because you often wear pants that rub that area. You may not choice your arms because you play basketball where your arms are very active and exposed.

Most sites work better if the set is placed vertically on your arm or leg, or horizontally on your abdomen, back or buttocks. Don't place it anywhere over folds of skin and rub your fingers over the adhesive to make sure that it is secure.

Insertion site selection is very individual and you may need to experiment in order to identify the sites that work best for you.

Where I live, the pump sales reps have been very helpful to me and my patients. You might benefit from contacting your local rep or that company's pump trainer for information specific to your pump brand. Thank you and good luck.

Answered By: Donna Yuscavage
Accreditations: RN, BSN, CDE
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2012-07-06 13:40:50.0

You need to be able to pinch a little bit of fat, so it depends slightly on your body. You can try your back (toward the sides) and your upper thighs. I suggest you try to place it where clothing will not rub too much. Thighs and back work well for me but occasionally I'll snag them on clothing. I hope this helps. Also, I've heard you can try your upper arms, but I've never had an infusion set there. I used to wear the CGM on my arms quite often though. Good luck.
Answered By: sweet_rage9179

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