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 the 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.

Teflon – Straight | Slanted Next Metal – Straight | Slanted Next Inserters


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, offer 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 that 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 (90°)
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, 25 gauge cannula
24, 31
inches
At the site, 360
degree rotation
Built-in disposable

Inset by Unomedical Inset by
Unomedical
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Exclusive to Animas
Luer Lock 6, 9cx
mm
27 gauge cannula 23, 43
inches
At site Built-in disposable
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 Manual or Accu-Chek LinkAssist
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
18, 23, 32, 43
inches
At site Manual or
Quick
Serter
Sof-set by Medtronic MiniMed Sof-set Micro
Ultimate QR,
by Medtronic Minimed®
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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
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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 Medtronic Pumps Only 6, 9
mm
27 gauge 18, 23, 32, 43
inches
At Site Built-in disposable
T:set by Tandem T:Set by Tandem Diabetes Care Luer Lock 6, 9
mm
27 gauge 23, 43
inches
At Site Built-in disposable
Teflon Sets – Slanted Insertion
Infusion Set Connection Needle Gauge Tubing Disconnect Inserter
Tender by Accu-Check Tender
By Accu-Check®
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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®
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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®
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Luer Lock
or Paradigm
13, 17
mm
27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula
18, 23, 32, 43
inches
At site Yes,
Sil-Serter
Comfort by Unomedical Comfort by
Unomedical®
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Luer Lock 13, 17
mm
27 gauge
intro needle,
27 gauge
cannula
23, 43
inches
At site No
Comfort by Unomedical Inset® 30 by
Unomedical®
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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®
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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®
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Luer Lock 6, 8, 10
mm
28 gauge
needle
24, 31, 43
inches
Short tail No
Contact by Unomedical Contact Detach by
Unomedical®
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Luer Lock 6, 8,
mm
29 gauge
needle
23, 43
inches
Short tail No
Easy Release by Dana Easy Release
by Sooil
Sooil Pumps Only 7, 9
mm
27 gauge
intro needle,
25 gauge
cannula
28, 43
inches
Short tail No
Sure-T by Medtronic Sure-T
by Medtronic
Medtronic Pumps Only 6, 8, 10 mm 29 gauge 18, 23, 32, 43 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®
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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

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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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