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i-Port Advance FAQ

Product Information

Where are the recommended application sites?

The recommended application sites are illustrated below:

iPort insertion sites

Who can use i-Port Advance®?

i-Port Advance is suitable for both adults and children requiring daily subcutaneous injections.

How long can I wear i-Port Advance®?

i-Port Advance is a single use device. Remove and properly dispose of the used device every 72 hours and replace with a new device on a different location of the body as needed.

Can I shower or bathe while wearing i-Port Advance®?

Yes, i-Port Advance is intended for use during normal daily activities, including showering and bathing.

What is the size of i-Port Advance®?

i-Port Advance is 38mm in diameter and rises only 8.5mm above the skin.

What is the cannula?

The cannula is the small soft, flexible tube used to deliver the medication into the subcutaneous tissue. The cannula of i-Port Advance is available in 6mm and 9mm lengths.

How much dead space (residual space) exists inside i-Port Advance®?

i-Port Advance has a residual volume up to 0.0026 mL.

What needle length can I use with i-Port Advance?

The maximum needle length for use with i-port Advance is 8mm. Do not attempt to use a 12mm injection needle with i-Port Advance. Doing so may damage the device causing unnecessary punctures of the skin, or tearing and puncturing of the soft cannula which may result in unpredictable medication delivery. Do not use a needle shorter than 5mm when injecting in to i-Port Advance.

What size needle can I use with an i-Port Advance®?

The thickest needle size for use with either i-Port Advance is a 28 gauge needle. Note: The smaller the number, the larger the gauge.

Can I reuse i-Port Advance®?

Do not attempt to reuse an i-Port Advance after the 72 hour wear period has elapsed. Do not attempt to reuse an i-Port Advance after it has been removed or dislodged.

What medications can you use with i-Port Advance®?

Patients should speak with their healthcare provider and refer to the appropriate drug manufacturer's label prior to injecting any medication into i-Port Advance.

Applying i-Port Advance®

How do I apply i-Port Advance®?

Applying i-Port Advance® is simple and requires minimal training. Instructions can be found in i-Port Advance® User Guide.

How do I use i-Port Advance®?

Using i-Port Advance® is simple and requires minimal training. Instructions can be found in i-Port Advance® User Guide.

Should I rotate sites when replacing the i-Port Advance after 3 days of use?

It is recommended that you rotate site each time you are placing a new i-Port Advance. This keeps the tissue healthy and allows previous sites to completely heal before reusing them.

Precautions & Warnings

What is the potential for infection, irritation or inflammation?

Infection, irritation or inflammation from using i-port Advance® is rare; however, the potential exists. Typically, these occurrences may result from inadequate cleansing of the skin surface before application, improper application to the body, and/or improper maintenance of the insertion site.

What should I do if the insertion site becomes infected, irritated or inflamed?

If the application site becomes irritated or inflamed, remove and discard the device and apply a new device to a different location on the body at least 76mm from the original site. If infection, irritation or inflammation persists or worsens, discontinue use and contact your healthcare professional.

What should I do if the adhesive becomes loose or the cannula becomes dislodged?

Remove and discard the device and apply a new device to a different location on the body.

Using Insulin with i-Port Advance®

How often should I test my blood sugar while using i-Port Advance®?

Test blood sugar per your healthcare professional's instructions to ensure that insulin dose and absorption at the delivery site are appropriate.

What should I do if my blood sugar remains inexplicably high after injecting my insulin through i-Port Advance®?

In the case of unexplainably high blood sugar, remove and discard i-Port Advance® device and apply new device to a different location on the body, as the cannula could be dislodged, crimped (bent) or partially clogged. Should suggested actions not provide a resolution to the problem or should your blood glucose remain high, contact your physician or healthcare provider.

Can I apply and use a new i-Port Advance® just prior to bedtime?

Avoid applying and using a new device just prior to bedtime, unless blood sugar can be checked 2 to 4 hours after injection.

Can I use an insulin pen with i-Port Advance®?

Yes, insulin pens may be used with i-Port Advance® as long as the needle length does not exceed 8mm or is not shorter than 5mm.

Can you mix multiple insulins through a single i-Port Advance®?

Our recommendation is to speak to your healthcare provider and refer to the drug manufacturer’s label regarding mixing of insulins through a single i-Port Advance.

Can I inject different insulins through i-Port Advance®?

Injecting both long and rapid acting insulin through the same port can be done as long as you wait 60 minutes between injections. We recommend always injecting rapid acting insulin first, due to its peak times.