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How to Fill a Cartridge on the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump

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In this video, we guide you through the process of filling a cartridge on the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump. Learn about the equipment needed to fill an insulin pump, filling a insulin pump cartridge, and filling your tube with insulin with our step-by-step video.

In this video we’ll be using the following items a new unused cartridge a new unused infusion set a cartridge removal tool or coin and a fill syringe with needle filled with either humalog or novalog we recommend using room-temperature insulin to minimize the risk of air bubbles refer to your user guide for detailed instructions for drawing insulin from

A vial how much insulin you put in will be determined in conjunction with your healthcare team but a good rule is to fill at least 95 units but no more than 300 units be aware that overfilling can damage your cartridge if your pump screen times out at any point during the load process just unlock your pump and it will resume right where you left off first

Examine your cartridge and packaging for any visible damage if you suspect the cartridge may be damaged do not use it now open the package and remove the cartridge next holding your cartridge upright insert the needle into the white fill port on top of the cartridge it should stop about halfway but occasionally will go all the way in either way is fine but

Don’t try to force it once you feel some resistance keeping your cartridge and syringe both vertical slowly pull up on the plunger until it’s fully retracted in order to remove any residual air in the cartridge you’ll probably see some bubbles during this step with the needle still in the cartridge gently release the plunger air pressure will pull it back

To a neutral position but will not push any air back into the cartridge now you can remove the needle from the fill port this step removes any air that may have been trapped in the cartridge bag turn the syringe upside down and pull back some on the plunger flick or tap the syringe to release any air bubbles so that they rise to the top once you’ve gotten

All the air bubbles loose slowly press up on the plunger to remove the air from the syringe a common place for air bubbles to get stuck is in the orange needle hub so be sure to inspect that area stop when you see drops of insulin at the tip of the needle now it’s time to insert the needle into the fill port on your cartridge and slowly press the plunger to

Fill your cartridge with insulin it’s normal to feel some resistance towards the end after you filled your cartridge maintain pressure on the plunger as you remove the needle if everything looks good and there are no leaks you’ve successfully filled your cartridge and are ready to install it onto your pump now turn on and unlock your pump and from the home

Screen tap options then tap load next tap change cartridge the pump will tell you that all deliveries will be stopped which is fine since you don’t want to be trying to pump while you’re changing your cartridge so tap the checkmark to continue next you’ll be prompted to disconnect your infusion set from your body tap the check mark to continue you should

See the preparing for cartridge screen remove your used cartridge using the removal tool you can also use a coin install your newly filled cartridge by placing the bottom edge of the end of the pump like this and lining up the grooves on either side of the cartridge with these guide tracks on the pump once lined up properly push the cartridge on until you

Feel it click into place the cartridge should fit smoothly against the pump your pump will take a few moments to detect the newly installed cartridge your pump will prompt you to fill your tubing with insulin never ever fill your tubing when it’s connected to your body this could result in the unintended delivery of insulin always disconnect your infusion

Set from your body before you begin a load sequence your pump will remind you of this each time you tap load before you can fill your tubing you need to connect your tubing to the cartridge your infusion set may look different but the tubing fill process is the same insert this end into the tubing lock connector on your cartridge and twist clockwise make

Sure it’s nice and tight a loose connection can lead to delivery problems so it’s always a good idea to double-check and when in doubt give it an extra twist next turn your pump so it’s vertical this allows any residual air left in your cartridge to be pumped out first now tap start to fill your tubing your pump will beep periodically to let you know

That it’s filling the tubing as the tubing fills you may notice some small air bubbles in the first few inches of insulin very tiny ones aren’t a concern but anything larger should be pumped out even though air bubbles themselves will not harm you there could be a risk of high blood sugar if air is infused in place of insulin once you notice three drops

Come out of the end of the tubing and you’re satisfied that there are no large air bubbles left tap stop your pump will ask you to confirm that you saw drops at the end of the tubing if you saw drops tap done if you stopped the fill process before you saw drops tap fill to continue you have now successfully filled your tubing refer to the instructions for

Your specific infusion set to insert and fill your cannula then resume insulin delivery visit our website for videos about each of the infusion sets we offer

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How to Fill a Cartridge on the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump By Tandem Diabetes