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Inappropriate Insulin Pump Infusion Sites

Aug 4, 2013

I was following-up with an insulin pump patient in the hospital. I had been told he did not have his infusion set and supplies with him, so I brought a set with me. Once I arrived at the room, however, the patient informed me that his family had brought in his supplies and that he was wearing his pump. For some reason, I asked to see his site. He started pulling down the covers….

For some reason, I asked to see his site. He started pulling down the covers and to my surprise had his infusion site on his inner thigh! I quickly informed him that was not an appropriate place for an infusion site and recommended he move it.

Lesson learned:  Never assume even a long-time pump wearer knows it all or does it correctly.

Angela, RD, CDE
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