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MiniMed infusion sets support

What infusion sets are available?

Medtronic offers the widest range on infusion sets on the market to tailor to as many needs as possible. Take a look at the full range here:

There are many factors that may determine which infusion set you use. Your decision might be down to age, lifestyle, body type or just individual preference. Take a look at our Infusion Set selector tool to find out which set might suit you best.

Can I use sets from other manufacturers with the MiniMed® insulin pumps?

Medtronic does not test reservoirs and infusion sets from other manufacturers and as a result, cannot guarantee the performance of these reservoirs and infusions sets with Medtronic MiniMed® insulin pumps. Hence, using non-Medtronic consumables creates a combination not covered by the risk analyses conducted by Medtronic. If any damages result, these will fall outside the terms of its warranty.

Guidelines for temporary disconnection

Guidelines for temporary disconnection
Whether it's for a day at the beach or because you want to take a 'pump holiday’, returning temporarily to injections can be easier when you establish a plan beforehand. Below are guidelines to help you and your healthcare provider create a plan for you.

Note: The guidelines assume that you continue to use your pump insulin (most often fast-acting Humalog® or NovoRapid®), but that you are taking it by injection.

Up to 1 hour

  • Testing: Check blood glucose (BG) before disconnecting
  • Basal insulin: No injections required
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG >13 mmol/L (234 mg/dL), check ketones

Up to 4 hours

  • Testing: Monitor BG before disconnecting, before meals and at hour 3 to 4
  • Basal insulin: Take injection equal to missed basal dose
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or reconnect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or reconnect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than 13 mmol/L (234 mg/dL), check ketones

Overnight

  • Testing: Monitor BG before sleep, & set alarm to test every 3 to 4 hours
  • Basal insulin: Every 4 hours, take injection equal to missed basal dose
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than 13 mmol/L (234 mg/dL), check ketones

Up to 24 hours (or longer)

  • Testing: Check BG before meals, every 3-4 hours and before sleep
  • Basal insulin: Every 4 hours, take injection equal to missed basal dose
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than 13 mmol/L (234 mg/dL), check ketones

More than 1 day

  • Testing: Frequent BG monitoring recommended for optimal control
  • Basal insulin: For convenience, your health care provider may prescribe longer-acting insulin in place of fast-acting insulin
  • Exercise: Check BG before, midway and after exercise; monitor closely over the 24 hours following vigorous exercise. Decrease dose(s) (basal and bolus) accordingly
  • Bolus insulin: Take injection (or re-connect/bolus) to cover carbs according to insulin-to-carb ratio and based on BG. Take injection(s) (or re-connect/bolus) to correct high BG using correction formula. If BG is greater than13 mmol/L (234 mg/dL), check ketones

If you have questions concerning your care while disconnected from your insulin pump, please contact your healthcare provider. For questions about using Medtronic Diabetes insulin pump features, please contact Medtronic Diabetes.

Humalog is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly and Company.
NovoRapid is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S.

Infusion sets – specifications to consider*

Insertion angle

Infusion sets are designed to be inserted at a 90° or 20-45° angle to the surface of the skin.

90° insertion angle sets (MiniMed® Mio, MiniMed® Sure-T® and MiniMed® Quick-set®) benefits people using an insulin pump

  • with poor dexterity
  • who prefer arm or hard-to-reach infusion sites
  • who have needle phobia
  • such as children, who are learning to insert their own sets

Angled insertion infusion sets (MiniMed® Mio 30 and MiniMed® Silhouette®) benefits people using an insulin pump

  • with lean or muscular body types
  • who experience lipohypertrophy
  • who are at a higher risk of dislodging their sets, including active children and athletes (the angle of insertion and the length of the cannula (longer than 90°) may help reduce the risk of dislodgement)
  • who are pregnant (from the end of the second trimester onwards, when abdominal tissue is stretched taut)
  • who experience site infections. The clear window in the adhesive tape of an angled set allows patients to see any redness around the cannula, thus potentially reducing the risk of a site infection.

Cannula options

Cannula length

Most patients benefit from shorter cannulas (6 mm for 90° sets, 13 or 17 mm for 20-45° angled infusion sets).


To ensure that the insulin is successfully delivered into the subcutaneous tissues, a longer cannula may be necessary for people using an insulin pump

  • with a high BMI
  • who require large boluses (≥25 units) for meals
  • who need high basal rates (≥2.5 units per hour)

Steel needle instead of plastic soft cannula

Steel needle infusion sets (MiniMed® Sure-T®) are recommended for people using an insulin pump who

  • have reactions to plastic cannulae
  • are fit and active
  • have a history of bent cannulae
  • are pregnant (up to the second trimester)

Steel needles are relatively small. Since insertion is similar to taking an injection, steel needle sets can be appropriate for patients who prefer smaller needles. Steel needle infusion sets are typically very easy for patients to learn to use and insert.

* INSULIN PUMP THERAPY: Best practices in choosing and using infusion devices. 2011. AADE: American Association of Diabetes Educators

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