Does anyone else have an issue with infected pump sites? This was a major issue for me recently. It was to the point where I was changing my site EVERYDAY.
We started to think that maybe I was allergic to the canula (the little tubey thing that goes into the skin that allows the insulin to go inside my body), which would make since because I'm allergic to earrings, and I recently developed an irritation to needles🙄 (not good for a diabetic). So we talked to my doctor and diabetic educator, and they rattled their brains in the room, bringing up different ideas and such. Then my doctor had an idea for me to try taking extra precautions, and to clean the site better so no bacteria gets into the site. He gave me step by step instructions, which has helped tremendously! I haven't had very many bad sites. I never thought about bacteria getting into the site, but it makes since now.
This has been my step by step process:
1. Clean area with alcohol swab, let dry.
2. Wipe area with IV Pep, let midway dry.
3. Put pump site in.
4. Cover site with IV3000 1-hand transparent dressing (or as my mom calls it, site skin).
That's it! If you have anymore tips, list them in the comments!