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By: FatCatAnna

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I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

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Posted: Jun 21, 2013 15:51
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  • Cost of Stainless Steel Infusion Sets

    My tummy having a Contact Detach put into it
    I noticed in a diabetic group the other day on Facebook - that some people have never heard of the stainless steel infusion sets that some of insulin pumpers use (Medtronic (MM) is a Sure-T, Animas is a Contact Detach, Accu-Chek is a Rapid D).  I know the ones made for Animas and Medtronic – are all made by the same company –
    Unomedical.


    For some people, giving an injection, with a syringe or pen needle, even with the smaller gauges available AND length of needles, TOTALLY freaks them out.  I can understand with what we had back in the early years of needles meant for elephants buttocks (wait – I was using them on my human buttock as a child – yikeroos).  Times have changed, thank goodness, it's easier to inject, but still some diabetics who have had this disease as long as I have, can’t inject themselves.  Putting a CGMS or infusion set into place on their body - they cannot do. I find with the Contact Detach I have no problems with placing into my skin (it is 29 gauge).  With other infusion sets available, I find the introducer needle that comes with the plastic cannula infusion sets very daunting.  I almost fainted the first time I put one in place, it was sooooo long, compared to the 6mm / 8mm length stain steel needle.


                                 Image courtesy of http://www.traveling9to5.com/

    To help some of you understand what one of these infusion sets are all about - since some people think the needle portion of the infusion set had to be removed from the skin - here's a great video of a young boy putting in this type of infusion set at this link.  He makes it look so easy (and it is - though watching him made me realise - how long it takes to do this procedure - as it's about 6 minutes from start to finish to perform the task).


    Hopefully the video helps explain what a stainless steel infusion set is for some of you who don't know what it is.  Personally, I find it causes less skin irritation for me - as I have a slight Teflon allergy in the plastic cannula's that are used in infusion sets). The other good thing is, it's less expensive to purchase than other infusion sets.  Also, I find due to the connecting port that is on your skin (there is the infusion site AND the connecting port – both glued to your skin) – less chances of ripping off infusion set completely – it’s like a safety chain in a way.  I'd posted about the Contact Detach a few years ago as well - if you want a less model type figure to look at - then you can check out my blog that contains the link.


    Contact Detach
    The one thing I do have a beef about - and I'd mentioned about this a few weeks ago at Blogger - the cost of the infusion sets to Canadians (and those of us not living in the USA).  The price that we pay for the infusion sets shows quite a wide gap in prices.  For example, my Contact Detach here in Canada costs $155 - if I was an American - I'd be paying $94.  I thought it was perhaps due to our value of our dollar - but we're pretty close to being at par these days.  The price list as well - since I started pumping over 5 years ago - hasn't changed at all.  When I spoke to Animas Canada about the price difference today - Alexis - one of the staff there who took my order (and a pumper herself) - said that due to duty/tarriffs and our smaller pumping compared to the States that this is why we - and other countries pay more.  Huh???? I tried to figure out what the cost was to ship the product from Mexico - to United States - then Canada - but I'd have to have my brain go to school to figure all the ins/outs of trading between these countries through the Canada  Border Service Agency website.
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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jun, 21, 2013 17:41 PM
    Let me know what you find out Harold!  Alexis who I spoke to at Animas Canada - actually lived in New Zealand.  She said she paid more for her infusion sets there (and books as well).  She didn't give a price tho' for it.  If you've never tried the Sure-T - you don't know what you're missing.  If we get a chance to meet up this w/e - I'll show it off to you (still using my arms).

    Maybe if more of us complained - something would be done.  You saw the results of my complaining to Animas Corporation about the hiccups with their 2020 - I got to the top - but basically - everything fizzled out - Health Canada - not interested.  I think big corporations / government funded programs like ADP in Ontario - are all in it for the money - sad to say.  Am sure we're not the only health disorder that is played upon for how much the actual cost is. 

    By: : Jun, 21, 2013 16:30 PM
    Well, I for one have never heard of a Stainless Steel infusion set. Thanks for the enlightening blog and video attached. As for the price of infusion sets, it also boils down to what someone will pay for it. Canadian people pay extra and don't complain or if we do... it goes mostly on deaf ears. I know that my sets are typically less expensive in the US as well. You also need to look at population etc to adjust prices. It would be interesting to know how much a medtronic infusion set costs in other places around the world, and you know what... I am going to ask that question on FB. My sets are about $20/set. (A box of 10 is $205.00 from Medtronic!)

     


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