Author: LaurieAnn Scher, MS, RD, CDCES, FADCES
Choosing the right insulin pump site is important for a number of reasons. It affects how well insulin is absorbed and overall blood glucose is managed. Choosing the right location can also reduce the risks of common pumping issues. Each insulin pump and Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) manufacturer has specific recommendations for on-body placements for their device, which we’ve aggregated below. As always, see the manufacturer's website for further details.
Shown here are the best body areas (shaded) for infusion set insertion for the Medtronic 630G, 670G, and 770G insulin pumps
Visualize an imaginary clock drawn on the abdomen surrounding their belly button. Rotate infusion set insertion sites by starting at 12 o’clock and then rotate the site clockwise to 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and so on.
Imagine a letter M or a letter W on either side of your belly button. Start at the end of one letter and proceed through the letter, rotating to each intersection in turn.
Discuss suitable Pod placement sites with a healthcare provider using the following guidelines:
The Pod site map is an optional feature that helps you track your current and recent Pod site locations. This option only appears if the Pod Sites setting is turned on for use in your settings.
Orient the Pod so it is:
Note: Line of sight means that the Pod and CGM are worn on the same side of the body in a way that the two devices can "see" one another without your body blocking their communication
An infusion set can be worn anywhere on the body where a person would normally inject insulin. Absorption varies from site to site. Options should be discussed with a healthcare provider. The most commonly used sites are the abdomen, upper buttocks, hips, upper arms, and upper legs.
When using the abdominal area, it is important to avoid:
Site rotation is recommended to encourage healthy skin. The infusion set must be replaced and rotated every two to three days, or more often if desired or advised by healthcare provider.
With experience, a person will find areas that provide better absorption and are most comfortable. Using the same areas may cause scarring or lumps which can affect insulin absorption.
Also, users should keep the area and the equipment clean.
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