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accu-chek infusion sets

Accu-Chek infusion sets product support

Accu-Chek infusion sets are designed with the pump user's comfort in mind, and come with a range of innovative features. They make choosing the right infusion set an easier task, and provide the safety, flexibility and ease-of-use needed to match individual lifestyles.

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How to use Accu-Chek infusion sets

How to use the Accu-Chek LinkAssist Plus insertion device

These steps can be used with all Accu-Chek infusion sets which are compatible with the Accu-Chek LinkAssist Plus insertion device. For manual insertion instructions, please find specific instructions for each infusion set below.
  • Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set.
  • Insert the headset firmly into the insertion device, with the blue part of the adhesive backing paper pointing towards the blue safety release button. Ensure that you hear an audible click on insertion, this tells you that the cannula is correctly in place.
  • Peel both parts of the adhesive backing paper away from the adhesive plaster.
  • Hold the slider on both sides and pull it back until it stops. The introducer needle with the soft cannula snaps out.
  • Position the insertion device on your chosen infusion site. Press against the skin, ensuring that the blue safety release is no longer visible.
  • Press the release button to insert the cannula.
  • Remove the insertion device.
  • Press the adhesive plaster firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin.
  • Holding the white ridged sides, pull the needle box away from the body to remove. The introducer needle snaps back into the needle box automatically.
  • Connect the primed tubing to the cannula. Before resuming insulin pump therapy, fill the soft cannula with 0.7U of U-100 insulin.
  • For storage, pull the slider back to the original position.

Please refer to the Accu-Chek LinkAssist Plus training chart for more information.

How to use the Accu-Chek Insight Flex infusion set - manual insertion

For assisted insertion using the Accu-Chek LinkAssist Plus insertion device, please follow the instructions above.

  • Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set.
  • Peel both parts of the adhesive liner away from the adhesive plaster.
  • Push the blue button until it stops. The introducer needle with the soft cannula snaps out.
  • Insert the infusion set at a 90° angle.
  • Press the adhesive plaster firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin.
  • Holding the white ridged sides, pull the needle box away from the body to remove. The introducer needle snaps back into the needle box automatically.
  • Connect the primed infusion set to the cannula. Before resuming insulin pump therapy, fill the soft cannula with 0.7U of U-100 insulin.

Please refer to the Accu-Chek Insight Flex training chart for more information.

How to use the Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device

These steps can be used with all Accu-Chek infusion sets which are compatible with the Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device. For manual insertion instructions, please find specific instructions for each infusion set below.

  • Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set.
  • Push the tensioning element (grey) of the insertion device into its base (blue). The insertion device is now pretensioned. This step locks the safety catch in place, and automatically makes the insertion device secure.
  • Hold the infusion set by its clear protective cover and, with the blue holder-cap pointing upward, insert it from below into the opening of the insertion device until you feel it lock into place.
  • Carefully remove the clear protective cover of the cannula by turning and pulling it at the same time. Remove both pieces of the backing paper from the adhesive plaster.
  • Hold the base of the insertion device firmly in one hand and with the other hand pull the tensioning element out and up as far as it will go. Hold the tensioning element, position the insertion device onto the selected infusion site.
  • Slide the safety catch out of the lock position. Press the release button.
  • Press the adhesive plaster firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin.
  • Hold the adhesive plaster in place, gently press the side clips of the blue holder-cap and pull it from the cannula housing.
  • To remove the introducer needle, hold the cannula housing firmly to your body. Using its handle, pull the introducer needle away from the body to remove it.
  • Connect the primed tubing to the cannula. Before resuming insulin pump therapy, fill the soft cannula with a bolus of 1.0U of U-100 insulin.

How to use the Accu-Chek FlexLink infusion set - manual insertion

For assisted insertion using the Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device, please follow the instructions above.
  • Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set.
  • Hold the infusion set by the blue holder-cap with your thumb and forefinger and remove the clear protective cover from the cannula by turning and pulling it at the same time.
  • Remove both pieces of the backing paper from the self-adhesive.
  • Insert the infusion set at a 90° angle.
  • Press the adhesive plaster firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin.
  • Hold the self-adhesive in place, gently press the side clips of the blue holder-cap and pull it from the cannula housing.
  • To remove the introducer needle, hold the cannula housing firmly to your body. Using its handle, pull the introducer needle away from the body to remove it.
  • Connect the primed tubing to the cannula. Before resuming insulin pump therapy, fill the soft cannula with a bolus of 1.0U of U-100 insulin.

Please refer to the Accu-Chek FlexLink quick reference guide for more information.

How to insert the Accu-Chek Rapid-D Link infusion set

  • Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set.
  • Hold the two halves of the coupling so that they form a cross. Fit the parts directly into one another and connect them in place by turning for one quarter of a turn in a clockwise direction until they click noticeably and audibly into place.
  • Connect the luer-lock tubing to a filled cartridge and insert the cartridge into the pump in accordance with the pump manufacturer’s instructions for use. Hold the pump in an upright position and prime the tubing and cannula until insulin emerges at the tip of the steel cannula, ensuring there are no air bubbles in either the cartridge or the tubing of the infusion set.
  • Hold the infusion set firmly between thumb and forefinger at the disc holder. With the other hand, remove the backing paper from the self-adhesive and twist the protective cover off the steel cannula.
  • With your free hand, pinch together a bit of subcutaneous tissue at the chosen site. Insert the infusion set under the skin at a 90° angle. Press the self-adhesive firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin. Bend the disc holder slightly sideways and remove it, making sure that the self-adhesive remains flat on the skin.
  • Form a loop to relieve stress and secure it into place with a strip of adhesive plaster.

Please refer to the Accu-Chek Rapid-D Link quick reference guide for more information.

How to insert the Accu-Chek TenderLink infusion set

  • Please wash your hands before unpacking the infusion set.
  • Remove the front half of the backing paper from the self-adhesive and pull the protective cover off the introducer needle. Grasp the infusion set between the thumb and middle finger of one hand behind the side clips and pull back the edge of the self-adhesive with the index finger.
  • With your free hand, pinch together a bit of subcutaneous tissue at the chosen site. Insert the introducer needle under the skin at an angle of 20–45°, proceeding quickly and in one motion. Watch the soft cannula while inserting to ensure that it goes in smoothly without kinking or crimping. 
  • Press the self-adhesive firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin. Place one finger in front of the inspection window on the Accu-Chek TenderLink to fix it. Press the side clips of the introducer needle together gently and at the same time pull the introducer needle out of the skin.
  • Remove the back side of the backing paper from the self-adhesive and press the it firmly onto the infusion site, ensuring that it makes good contact with the skin.
  • Connect the primed tubing to the cannula. Before resuming insulin pump therapy, fill the soft cannula with a bolus of 0.7U of insulin U-100.

Please refer to the Accu-Chek TenderLink quick reference guide for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there disadvantages associated with steel needle sets?

Unlike with soft cannula sets, the risk of a steel needle set becoming crimped under the skin and disrupting insulin infusion is effectively none. The needle is just as comfortable to wear as a soft cannula. According to Accu-Chek Rapid-D Link users, it's just a matter of getting used to it. Nickel, which is used in a very low concentration in the stainless steel needle, may be responsible in rare cases for an allergic reaction; a switch to a soft cannula infusion set may help to overcome this issue.

Do infusion sets contain softening agents?

A number of consumer products and surface materials contain softening agents, so called plasticizers, to make the material softer.

Such materials are known to provoke allergic reaction or even carcinogenic. The softening agents are mainly used in PVC. Because Accu-Chek Infusion Sets are free of PVC we can exclude the content of softening agents, especially DEHP [ di(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate ] and DBP [ dibutyl-phthalate ].

Does it hurt to wear an infusion set?

While there may be an occasional "pinch" when inserting the set, many people find inserting infusion sets more comfortable than giving injections. Once the set is under the skin it is so comfortable that most people forget that they're wearing it. If it becomes painful this maybe an indication that the canula is incorrectly sited and should be replaced.

How often do I need to change my infusion site?

In order to help keep sites free of infection, we recommend that sites be changed at least every 48 hours for steel needle sets and every 72 hours for soft cannula sets. It is important to always test your blood glucose level 1-3 hours after inserting a new set, to make sure that it's functioning properly.

My infusion site sometimes hurts. What can I do?

Pain at the infusion site may be a sign that you are using a set which does not penetrate at the right depth for you (this can especially affect children or thin users).

If you're using an Accu-Chek TenderLink, try adjusting the angle of insertion. For 90° insertion sets, talk to you doctor about the possibility of switching to a different needle or cannula length.

My lifestyle is active – always on the go. Can I still enjoy all my favourite activities with the pump?

The disconnectable sets from Accu-Chek allow you the freedom to disconnect from your pump altogether for the duration or your activity.

Talk to your doctor or Diabetes Specialist Nurse about time off the pump for sports or an occasional day at the beach. Accu-Chek insulin pumps are designed to be robust , however, if your activity involves contact sports, we would suggest disconnecting your pump.

My infusion set doesn't stick as well during the summer. How can I fasten it better?

Water sports and heavy sweating can affect the infusion set's adhesive pad – try using an extra water-permeable adhesive patch (like Tegaderm™ or Opsite™ IV3000™) to give your site extra security.

Sandwich technique: Cleanse the skin using an adhesive wipe, allow to dry, apply a sterile dressing, insert the set into the dressing, cover the set with another sterile dressing to "sandwich" the infusion set.

What about allergies?

The use of hypoallergenic materials is a high priority for Roche. Our infusion sets are latex and PVC-free and glues and solvents are used as little as possible. The adhesive tape is also specially designed to allow the skin underneath it to breathe. However, allergic reactions can never fully be ruled out.

Sometimes they develop suddenly, even if you have used the same product for years. If an allergic reaction should occur, ask your doctor about products that can help you continue a comfortable therapy.

Which pump does my set fit on?

The Accu-Chek Combo infusion sets use a luer-lock connection that meets international standards and is widely used in medical engineering. These infusion sets fit the Accu-Chek Combo, Accu-Chek Spirit and Accu-Chek DTRONplus as well as all other insulin pumps that meet the same standard.

The infusion sets for the Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump use a unique proprietary adapter to connect the infusion set to the insulin pump.