So, to make a very very long story short, I contacted a diabetes supply company back in January to see if I could obtain samples of different infusion sets and a couple of weeks ago, they came in. (Yep… if you did the math… that’s FIVE months. But they were given to me at no cost, so I won’t complain.)
I asked specifically about the Orbit set and the Spring Universal set. I’ve since tried the Orbit, and aside from not having an inserter, they are okay. Honestly, I don’t see why a set needs to rotate unless you have it in an area where you’re going to be moving the pump around a lot, or say, on your arm. I personally found them difficult to disconnect as well, so I probably won’t go back to that set.
The next set was the Spring Universal. This little thing looks intriguing to say the least. The set is similar to the Animas Inset in that it’s an all-in-one site (but the tubing is not attached, which I honestly prefer) that you just place, press a button, and it’s in. Now going forward, I think it’s fair to say that I am very partial to my Insets. They’re simple, compact, and no-fuss sets and come in colors too. The Spring? Comes in the color option of white… as all the rest do.
The insertion was fine and didn’t give me a problem at all. But attaching the tubing connector to the site was a bit of a hassle, not to mention taking it off. It just didn’t want to sit right at all when connecting it, and one side or the other seemed to stay “caught” when I tried to remove it.
Sorry, these images were from a video I tried to do… and failed.
After a few tries, I was getting to just how to grab the set connector to remove it. Apparently there’s a technique to it. But what was getting worse was the tape. The more I moved, the loser it got…. and I USED IV PREP! I rarely use anything but alcohol to clean the area and IV prep is for the sites that are hard to stick. Well, this thing was as if I just placed a piece of paper there. It was NOT sticky at all. I managed to keep it in long enough to soak some
cement SkinTac around the edge and secure it more with Infusion Set IV3000.
I will have to say though, since all of that mess, I have been able to use with no problem (attaching/reattaching) and moving it around (you can position the tubing any way you need it to at any time) is easy to do. I am debating on maybe getting a box of these to try out though… with the pre-knowledge that SkinTac is a must. Reason being is that these are cheaper for me insurance wise, and I wouldn’t have to lose my insertion device that I’ve come to love. (HOW I manually inserted these things for so many years is shocking to me. *read: I’ve become a wuss*)
So how about you? Have you used the Spring Universal set? What were your thoughts on it? If you’re still using it, do you have any tips you could share? Thanks!