Discover the best places for your insulin pump while learning which ones to avoid as you successfully manage your diabetes.
With a diabetes diagnosis comes instant responsibility. It probably seems as if you have a laundry list of things to remember including what to eat, when to exercise, and how to check your insulin. Also on that list is knowing where to place your insulin pump.
You might ask if it really matters where on your body you place the pump at all, but there are a few things to consider when placing your pump to ensure the proper insulin injection. For tips on simplifying your diabetes management by selecting the best site for your pump, first take a look at the sites you should avoid.
Where NOT to Place Your Pump
It is recommended you do not place your infusion set within two inches around your belly button. Avoid placing it in any area where your body naturally bends, which could cause discomfort or inhibit infusion. You also won’t want it to rub on your belt line, so avoid placing it anywhere your clothes may get in the way. Also, be sure to keep your pump away from areas of the skin where you have scars or stretch marks.
Spots that Make Great Placement Sites
Now that you know where you shouldn’t place your pump, consider the spots that can make good infusion sites. These include your;
the back of your arms
your lower back
the backs of your legs
the hip area
Over time, you’ll discover your favorite spots; those that are the most comfortable on a daily basis. Because the position of your pump can influence the rate at which insulin is received in your body, placement is very important.
Changing Your Pump Site
You’ll likely find it beneficial to discuss site placement and rotation with your healthcare provider. You most likely will be changing your site every two to three days at the same time you change your infusion set. Be sure to take special care to rotate it in an organized way. Many people with diabetes rotate their site in a clockwise pattern while others rotate it in an “M” or “W” pattern. A combination of both often works the best.
The Role Basal Rate Plays
Remember that you may need to alter your basal rate based on the placement of your pump. When you change your placement site from the arm to the back, for example, your device will adjust based on the basal settings you have programmed.
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