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Infusion Sets - FAQ

Infusion Sets - What infusion sets are available?

What infusion sets are available?

Medtronic offers the widest range of infusion sets on the market to meet as many needs as possible. There are many factors that may determine your choice of infusion set, including your age, lifestyle, body type or just individual preference. Take a look at our range.

Can I use infusion sets from other manufacturers with MiniMed® insulin pumps?

Medtronic does not test reservoirs and infusion sets from other manufacturers and as a result, cannot guarantee their performance with Medtronic MiniMed® insulin pumps. Using non-Medtronic consumables creates a combination not covered by the risk analyses conducted by Medtronic. If any damages result, these will fall outside the terms of its warranty.

Can I take a break from the pump?

Whether it's for a day at the beach or because you want to take a 'pump holiday’, you can easily disconnect the pump for up to two hours*. Or you can return temporarily to injections. This can be easier when you establish a plan beforehand. Below are guidelines to help you and your healthcare provider create a plan for you. Note: The guidelines assume that you continue to use your pump insulin - most often fast-acting Humalog® or NovoRapid® - but that you are taking it by injection.

*As stated in the Medtronic Clinician workshop module 1, Session 3 slide 30 developed by Dr. Mark Forbes.

Disconnecting for up to 1 hour:

  • Testing: Check blood glucose (BG) before disconnecting.
  • Basal insulin: No injections required.
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly.
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG >13 mmol/L, check ketones.

Disconnecting for up to 4 hours:

  • Testing: Monitor blood glucose (BG) before disconnecting, before meals and after the 3rd hour.
  • Basal insulin: Take injection equal to missed basal dose.
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly.
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or reconnect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or reconnect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than 13 mmol/L, check ketones.

Disconnecting overnight:

  • Testing: Monitor blood glucose (BG) before sleep and set alarm to test every 3 to 4 hours.
  • Basal insulin: Every 4 hours, take injection equal to missed basal dose.
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly.
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on blood BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than 13 mmol/L, check ketones.

Disconnecting for up to 24 hours:

  • Testing: Check blood glucose (BG) before meals, every 3-4 hours and before sleep.
  • Basal insulin: Every 4 hours, take injection equal to missed basal dose.
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly.
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than 13 mmol/L check ketones.

Disconnecting for more than 1 day:

  • Testing: Frequent blood glucose (BG) monitoring is recommended for optimal control.
  • Basal insulin: For convenience, your healthcare provider may prescribe longer-acting insulin in place of fast-acting insulin.
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly.
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than13 mmol/L, check ketones.

If you have any questions concerning your care while disconnected from your insulin pump, please contact your healthcare provider. For questions about using Medtronic Diabetes insulin pump features, please contact Medtronic Diabetes.

Humalog is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly and Company. NovoRapid is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S.