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How to use the Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device

Please wash your hands before use.

  1. Choose a site away from your waistline, bones, scar tissue, belly button and recent infusion sites. Prepare the site according to the instructions from your health care professional. Allow the infusion site to dry before the cannula is inserted.
  2. Push the grey tensioning element of the insertion device into the blue base. The insertion device is now pretensioned. This step locks the safety catch in place and automatically makes the insertion device secure.
  3. Hold the infusion set by its protective cover and, with the blue holder cap pointing upward, insert the infusion set into the opening of the insertion device below. You will feel it lock into place.
  4. Carefully remove the transparent protective cover from the infusion set by turning and pulling at the same time. Remove both pieces of the backing from the self-adhesive.
  5. 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. Holding the tensioning element, position the insertion device on the prepared infusion site. Slide the safety catch out of the lock position.
  6. Press the release button.
  7. Smooth out the self-adhesive and run your fingers over it. This ensures good skin contact.
  8. Holding the self-adhesive in place, gently press the side clips of the blue holder cap and pull it from the cannula housing.
  9. To remove the introducer needle, hold the cannula housing firmly to your body. Using its handle, withdraw the introducer needle straight away from the skin.
  10. Connect the primed transfer set to the newly inserted head set. Make sure you hear a click when connecting.
  11. Fill the empty space of the cannula housing with a bolus of 1.0 units of insulin U-100. Start distribution with the pump.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Health and comfort

Roche is careful to use hypoallergenic materials. That's why our infusion sets are latex- and PVC-free, and glues and solvents are used as little as possible. Our 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 physician about products that can help you continue therapy comfortably.

While you may feel an occasional pinch when inserting the set, many people find inserting infusion sets more comfortable than injections. Once the set is under the skin, it can be so comfortable that people forget they're wearing it.

General questions

Accu-Chek infusion sets offer a luer-lock connection that meets international standards and is widely used in medical engineering. Our sets fit on all Accu-Chek insulin pumps as well as on all other pumps that use the same standard.

Some consumer products—mainly those made of PVC—contain softening agents, also called plasticizers or phthalates, to make the material softer. Sometimes, these materials can provoke an allergic reaction. Accu-Chek infusion sets are PVC-free, and do not include any softening agents such as DEHP [di(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate] or DBP [dibutyl-phthalate].

Care and use

The Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device is exclusively for use on one person. It must not be used on several people.

If needed, wipe the outside of the Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device with a cloth moistened with water, a mild hand soap or a disinfectant with 70% ethyl alcohol. Do not dip the insertion device into the cleaning fluid. Dry the insertion device thoroughly with a soft, clean cloth.

Please place the device in trash can or other suitable container.

The Accu-Chek LinkAssist device should not be stored pretensioned. The tensioning element should be completely out of the base. Do not store the insertion device in extreme temperatures, such as a hot car in the summer.

Getting started

Health care professionals and Diabetes Nurse Educators are a valuable source of information and training for all people with diabetes, which you should take advantage of regularly. It is not necessary, however, to get professional instruction before using the Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device for the first time. You will find it easy to use by following the instructions for use contained in the packaging.

No, this is not necessary.

The elongated perforation mark on the self-adhesive backing directs you to the location of the tube connection.

Yes. This enables you to reach hard-to-access infusion sites, such as your back.

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Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device

Item Description

The Accu-Chek LinkAssist insertion device provides easy, controlled, virtually painless automatic insertion of Accu-Chek Ultraflex infusion sets.1 One-finger activation assures consistent cannula placement every time.

Product Manuals

INFUSION SET

Accu-Chek Ultraflex

INSERTION ANGLE

90°

SIZE

3.5" x 3.1" x 1.1"

Benefits and features
  • Fast, virtually painless insertion1
  • Convenient, one-finger activation
  • Consistent cannula placement every time
  • Easy insertion in hard-to-reach infusion sites
  • Unobstructed view of insertion site
  • Safety lock helps prevent unintentional activation
Additional specifications
Insertion angle:

90°

Dimensions:

3.5" x 3.1" x 1.1"; 2.5" high when pretensioned

1Liebl A, Klinge A, Buhr. Clinical benefits of automatic insertion of infusion sets in CSII. Presented at: 26th Workshop of the Study Group on Artificial Insulin Delivery, Pancreas and Islet Transplantation (AIDPIT) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and 1st European Diabetes Technology and Transplantation Meeting; Feb. 4-6, 2007; Montpellier, France.