Introducing the i-port Advance
Many people with diabetes have multiple physical and emotional barriers which prevent them from taking their insulin or injectable medications as needed. The i–port Advance is now available, through prescription only, and most health care providers are happy to allow any product which enhances the life of the diabetes patient.
This new generation of i-port has been developed as the first injection port to include a disposable inserter that is easy to use and is virtually painless. Both sides of the inserter device is placed on the skin of the abdomen and pushed down. The inserter is then removed and a cannula or soft tube remains in place at that site for 72 hours. The cannula is held tight on the skin with a hypoallergenic adhesive pad. The medication is then put thru the septum or hole on the pad instead of sticking the actual skin. There are two cannula sizes: 6mm for a child, young or thin person and 9mm for a regular or large size adult. The needle length used in the septum should not exceed 8mm. The i-port Advance is packaged in a one month supply consisting of 10 individually wrapped devices. There is a user friendly video with full demonstration on the i-port website.
The i-port Advance is an excellent product for those who would like to reduce the actual number of needle sticks per day when using multiple injections of insulin. It allows for 10 skin punctures a month compared to 120 punctures a month when injecting 4 times a day. It is durable and accommodates 75 needle sticks per 72 hours. It can be used with syringes with needles as well as pen needles.