More about the Accu-chek Ultraflex

Scott commented on my last blog post about the size difference that the Accu-chek Ultraflex seemed to have over the Unomedical Mio/Inset. So, I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a few photos and show you a couple of differences:

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This one, obviously, is a side-by-side view of the Inset verses the Ultraflex. It’s actually about the same in height. One thing about the Ultraflex is that it clips in more securely than the Inset does, and I’m thinking it may be due to the way the Ultraflex also clips, or slides, into a middle “stub”, rather than just two thin clips in the middle. The only difference is that place where the cannula is has a bit more tape in front of it….

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as you can see here. I’m not quite sure why this is, but it’s there. Not something I’m fond of, but it’s minor in my opinion, and something that could be cut if desired before inserting (something that can’t be done with the Inset).

 

One thing I was interested in seeing myself is just how different the cannula lengths are. Surely 6mm couldn’t’ be that much different from 9mm and having 8mm be only 1mm shorter than 9mm couldn’t make that much difference… or could it?

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Apparently it does. It seems to fall smack-dab in the middle of the two lengths, which is just what I needed. Lord knows I’d hate to see how long the 10mm of the Accu-chek one would look!

This was rather interesting to me, so a big thank you to Scott for your comment! 😀

My Experience with the UltraFlex

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I started trying the Accu-Chek UltraFlex infusion set based on a recomendation from my distributor after some unexplained issues with pumping. I still can’t pinpoint what’s going on really, but the problems seem to be somewhat solved, somewhat not. But, I’m not going to bore you with that, and I’ll just get on with the infusion set itself.

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The Accu-Chek UltraFlex is made for and distributed from Roche – the makers of the Accu-Chek Spirit and Combo insulin pumps as well as the Nano, Aviva, and Active meters (I’m sure there are others, but those are the one’s I remember). Also, they are the maker of my BELOVED FastClix lancet device. If there is ONE thing they know how to do, it’s make an awesome finger poker. And now, I’m beginning to feel the same of their infusion set… mainly because of the inserter.

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There’s nothing really special about their infusion set when compared to others like the Inset or QuickSet. It is also a 90 degree Teflon cannula, so no bells and whistles there. Their connector is a bit different, but again, no real difference can be seen with that one either. So what’s the big deal?

Two things: There are 3 different cannula lengths available, something the other’s don’t offer, and the way the inserter works.

With most all of the other types of straight cannulas, you have an option of only 6mm depth and 9mm depth. While this may be okay for most, these give a slightly wider variance in that you can get a 6mm, 8mm, or 10 mm. For me, this has been perfect simply because with the Inset, I’ve always felt the 6 was too short while the 9 seemed to feel as if it were “brushing” nerves or muscle tissue (I know, gross). So far, I haven’t had that issue with the UltraFlex sets.

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Next, is the inserter. This is where I honestly feel this device is truly set apart from the others. Rather than cocking the device and then having it press the infusion set in as it’s deployed, it simply spring-forced rapid-fires the infusion set into you. There’s no pressing or jarring of the spring action against the set. It does the work of the quick-jab like you’re taught to do when giving an injection without the pressing action of the other spring-loaded mechanisms. After it’s inserted, all you have to do is be sure to press the tape down and connect. I’ve used it a few times now and it has lessened the pain that I usually feel when using a new set.

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Now, a third thing I would like to throw out there is the packaging. I do like that the way it is set up, in that the tubing is separate from the site itself, and there’s a cap that can be reused to cap over the needle to throw into the sharps bin. Everything else can be thrown away or put into recycling (I think).

I’ll miss my pretty pink Insets, but the tradeoff has been somewhat better control. Maybe I can color it with nail polish or something… 😀

If you’d like to watch the video version of how to use the Accu-chek UltraLink and LinkAssist, I put one up on YouTube yesterday… or just watch here:

And just for kicks and giggles, here’s the insertion in slo-mo!