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09 Dec 2008 - Blood in the Canula

Blood in the cannula


It does happen that there will be blood in the cannula at times.  Sometimes it's from the insertion itself, sometimes the site was bumped.  If the blood is not bright red but pinkish in color, insulin is probably getting through just fine and you can take a wait-and-see approach.  If blood sugars start to rise, change the site. 


If you see bright red blood in the cannula or backed up into the tubing, you should change the site as insulin may not be able to get through or will get through at a much slower rate and cause consistent high blood sugars.

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