I am one of those people who just don’t try new infusion sets often. When I pumped with a Minimed Paradigm 722 I began with Quick Sets….and I stayed with them the whole time. When I switched to an Animas Ping I began using Insets. I stayed with them. When I switched to the t:slim I kept using the Insets. Until today.
I used a Spring Universal infusion set today. I am a bit torn on the set.
Cons: I thought it would lie flatter under my clothing, but I think the Insets are actually less noticeable. It took me several seconds to get the tubing to ‘click’ onto the set and the disconnect/reconnect isn’t as smooth as with the Insets.
Pros: I like that the tubing can rotate in a full circle around the set. I also like that the insertion device automatically retracts the insertion needle after it places the cannula under the skin so there is no risk of accidentally poking yourself afterwards (ask me how many times I have stabbed myself after inserting an Inset – go ahead, ask me!). Something else very big for me is that there seems to be less waste than with the Insets. I may be incorrect, as the insertion devices are shaped differently, etc. but that is how it initially seemed to me…..and I believe I have mentioned before how much I hate that diabetes causes us to have a lot of unrecyclable waste.
The set has not been in long enough to talk about how the adhesive has held up or how absorption is, but I don’t anticipate any issues.
I guess time will tell if I end up liking this set over my trusty Insets….
EDIT: It’s now 3/27, and I tried to use a Spring set for the 2nd time. I had to insert THREE of them before I got one that stuck well enough to stay put and not pull off right away. I am very disenchanted with this set now. First off, I pay 20% for my supplies – so this was a waste of money I can’t afford to lose. Secondly, who the heck wants to poke three insertion needles into themself in the space of 3 minutes? Ridiculous. I’m not sure why my first one stuck so well while this time none of them seem to want to stick (I’m waiting for this third one to fall out…)