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Infusion Set Comparison

Although patch pumps applied directly to the skin are more available, most pumps infuse insulin from a pump reservoir through an infusion set. No single set works well for everyone, so choosing an infusion set can be difficult. The type of set shipped with a new pump is usually one manufactured by the pump company and this set may or may not be the best choice. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to choose from.

Metal or Teflon: Today's straight-in metal sets offer fine gauge needles that are comfortable, reliable, and the easiest to insert. Teflon sets use a metal needle inserter that is removed after insertion, leaving only the Teflon tubing under the skin. Generally, the longer the Teflon, the more reliable the set. Slanted Teflon sets tend to be more reliable for many pumpers than straight-in Teflon Sets, but are generally best inserted by hand rather than with an automatic inserter.

Length: Infusion sets come in different line lengths and different needle lengths. Typical needle lengths for straight-in sets are 6 mm for infants, 8 mm for a child, 10 mm for an adult, and 12 mm for larger adults while 13 mm and 17 mm serve similar functions for the slanted Teflon sets. Most infusion lines are 24, 31, or 42 inches in length. Shorter lines work better for small children and those who prefer a short line, while longer lines work well for those who are taller.

Needle Gauge: Gauge is a standard way to measure diameter of a needle. A lower gauge means a larger needle. For example, 25 gauge is larger than 27 gauge.

Connection Compatibility: Most infusion sets have a standard threaded luer lock connection that can be used on most pumps. The Medtronic Paradigm and the Sooil Diabecare pumps use their own proprietary connections, so these pumps work with only a limited number of infusion sets.

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Applied Diabetes Research has released 1.8 and 3.0ml Syringe Reservoirs that work with Medtronic MiniMed's Paradigm series of insulin pumps but will connect to any infusion set using a standard Luer connector. Animas is giving away 2 reservoirs when you order 2 complimentary Inset or Inset 30 infusion sets. Visit the Animas site for more information.

The Orbit 90 sets now, among other changes, offers sets that interchange with Paradigm pumps, in three ways:

  1. A connector which is compatible with pumps and syringes
  2. A syringe to fit Paradigm pumps which has a standard lure connector.
  3. An adaptor which has a Paradigm compatible connector on one side and a standard male luer connector on the other. This allows the user to wear any luer lock they choose.

Disconnect: At-site disconnect is when you disconnect the tubing at your infusion site. Just the adhesive, connection hub and cannula remain behind. Away-from-body disconnect is a good option for people who prefer to leave their line taped down when they detach. Rather than disconnecting right at the infusion site, you can disconnect away from your body where you can see and feel the tubing better. About a 4-inch tail is left behind with the cannula, connection hub and adhesive.

Inserter: A device that helps insert the cannula and may simplify the insertion process. Inserters work better with straight-in teflon sets than with slanted ones.

Infusion Sets are ranked by one staff based on user reports of reliability, performance and ease of use on a 1rating (worst) to 5 ratingratingratingratingrating(best) scale.

The Diabetes Mall does not currently sell any infusion sets.


Teflon Sets - Straight Insertion
Infusion Set Connection Needle Gauge Tubing Disconnect Inserter
Cleo 90 by Smiths Medical Cleo 90
by
Smiths Medical®
rating

Luer Lock

6, 9
mm

28 gauge
intro needle, 25g cannula

24, 31, 43
inches

At site, 360
degree rotation

All in one

Inset by Unomedical

Inset by
Unomedical
ratingratingratingrating
Exclusive to Animas

Luer Lock

6, 9
mm

----

23, 43
inches

At site

No

Orbit 90 by ICU Medical

Orbit 90 by
ICU Medical®

New Changes!

Luer Lock

6, 9
mm

26 gauge catheter

24, 31, 42
inches

At site , 360 degree rotation

Compatible with standard devices

Ultra Flex by Accu-Check

Ultraflex
By Accu-Check®
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Luer Lock

8, 10
mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

23, 31, 43
inches

At site

Yes

Quick Set by Medtronic MiniMed

Quick-set
by Medtronic Minimed®
rating

Luer Lock
or Paradigm

6, 9
mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

23, 43
inches

At site

Yes,
Quick
Serter

Sof-set by Medtronic MiniMed

Sof-set Micro
Ultimate QR,
by Medtronic Minimed®
star

Luer Lock
or Paradigm

6(micro),
9(QR) mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

24, 42
inches

Short tail

Yes,
Sof-
Serter

Comfort by Unomedical

Soft Release
by Sooil
starstar

Dana

9 mm

25 gauge
intro needle,
27 gauge
cannula

27, 43
inches

Short tail

No

Thinset by Applied Diabetes Research

Thinset by
Applied Diabetes Research®

Luer Lock

6, 9
mm

----

23, 43
inches

At site

No

Mio by Medtronic Mio by Medtronic   6, 9
mm
  18, 23, 32
inches
At Site All in One

Teflon Sets - Slanted Insertion
Infusion Set Connection Needle Gauge Tubing Disconnect Inserter
Tender by Accu-Check

Tender
By Accu-Check®
starstarstarstar

Luer Lock

13, 17
mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

24, 31, 43
inches

At site

No

Tender

Tender "mini"
By Accu-Check®
starstarstarstar

Luer Lock

13
mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

24, 31, 43
inches

At site

No

Silhouette by Medtronic Minimed

Silhouette
by Medtronic Minimed®
starstarstarstar

Luer Lock
or Paradigm

17
mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

23, 43
inches

At site

Yes,
Sil-Serter

Comfort by Unomedical

Comfort by
Unomedical®
starstarstarstar

Luer Lock

17
mm

25 gauge
intro needle,
27 gauge
cannula

23, 31, 43
inches

At site

No

Comfort by Unomedical

Inset® 30 by
Unomedical®
ratingratingrating
Exclusive to Animas

Luer Lock

13
mm

----

23, 43 inches

At site

All In One Device

Soft Release

Soft Release
by Sooil

Dana

9
mm

25 gauge
intro needle,
27 gauge
cannula

27, 43
inches

At site

No

Metal Sets - Straight Insertion
Infusion Set Connection Needle Gauge Tubing Disconnect Inserter
Rapid by Disetronic

Rapid
By Accu-Check®
starstarstar
Not in US

Luer Lock

6, 8,
10, 12
mm

28 gauge
needle

16, 23, 31
inches

Short tail

No

Rapid D by Disetronic

Rapid D
By Accu-Check®
starstarstarstar

Luer Lock

6, 8, 10
mm

28 gauge
needle

24, 31, 43
inches

Short tail

No

Contact by Unomedical

Contact Detach by
Unomedical®
starstarstarstar

Luer Lock

6, 8,
10, 12
mm

28 gauge
needle

24, 31, 43
inches

Short tail

No

Easy Release by Dana

Easy Release
by Sooil

Dana

7, 9
mm

27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula

27, 43
inches

Short tail

No

Sure-T by Medtronic Sure-T
by Medtronic
  6, 8, 10 mm 29 gauge 18, 23, 32 inches   No

Metal Sets - Slanted Insertion
Infusion Set Connection Needle Gauge Tubing Disconnect Inserter
Basic by Unomedical

Basic By
Unomedical®
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Luer Lock

16 mm

27 gauge
needle

24, 31, 43
inches

No

No

Classic by Accu-Check

Classic
By Accu-Check®
starstarstar
Not in US

Luer Lock

8, 10
mm

27 gauge
needle

24, 31, 43
inches

No

No

Polyfin by Medtronic Minimed

Polyfin, QR
By Medtronic®
MiniMed

starstar

Luer Lock 6, 8, 10
mm
28 gauge
needle
24, 42
inches
Short tail No

Inserters
The Inset, Inset 30, and Cleo have self contained inserters.
Quickserter by Medtronic Minimed

Quick-serter by Medtronic MiniMed®
The Quick-serter is the insertion device that may be used with both Quick-set and Quick-set Plus infusion sets. The Quick-serter insertion device makes insertions quick, easy and virtually painless.

Sofserter by Medtronic Minimed

Sil-serter by Medtronic MiniMed®
The Sil-serter insertion device is designed for use only with the Silhouette infusion set. The Sil-serter insertion device is designed to insert the Sil-set infusion set at the press of a button, making insertions quick, easy and virtually painless.

Sofserter by Medtronic Minimed

Sof-serter by Medtronic MiniMed®
The Sof-serter insertion device is designed for use only with the Sof-set infusion set. It is designed to insert the Sof-set infusion set at the press of a button, making insertions quick, easy and virtually painless.

If you are aware of any other infusion sets that are available or have corrections or updates to the sets already shown, please contact us.

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Updated date: Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:49

  • Updated date: Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:49

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