Insuflon® Subcutaneous Catheter
What is an Insuflon® catheter?
This is a small soft tube placed into the fatty
tissue (subcutaneous tissue) of the skin. A
needle is used to guide the tube during
placement. Once in place, the needle is
removed. The tube can be left in place for 3
to 7 days. The number of days is dependent
on the amount and type of drug being given
through the tube.
Why is an Insuflon® catheter used?
Some children need to receive repeated
shots of medicine into their subcutaneous
tissue. Instead of having to get several
pokes into the skin, this small soft tube can
be placed.. Then, the injections that would
normally be given through the skin can be
placed into this tube instead. . At least 75
injections can be made through the small
membrane to provide needed drugs without
How do I insert the Insuflon® catheter?
The nurse will show you how to prepare
your work area so that the supplies stay
sterile which is very important to prevent
infection. The nurse will show you how to
insert the Insuflon® catheter.
1. Prepare a clean work area.
2. Collect supplies.
ξ Insuflon® catheter: Check the
package to make sure it is not
damaged or out of date.
ξ Alcohol swab.
3. Wash hands with antibacterial soap.
4. Select insertion site.
ξ Outside of the arm
ξ Front of the leg
ξ Top of the buttocks
ξ Stomach: Be sure to place
horizontally to avoid skin folds or
lines of clothes.
5. Apply topical anesthetic, if desired.
6. Clean site with alcohol swab. Allow the
site to dry for at least 2 minutes.
7. Open package.
8. Remove cap.
9. Insert catheter.
ξ Hold in one hand like a pen.
ξ Use your other hand to pinch the
skin at the site of insertion.
ξ Use a smooth motion to insert
Insuflon® as far in as possible at a
30° - 45° angle.
10. Take out the guide needle. Be careful
not to remove the tubing when
removing the needle. Always hold the
tubing hub firmly and pull the needle
11. Use the sticky dressing in the kit to
attach tubing to your child’s skin.
Apply the dressing from the tubing end
first. Be sure the insertion site is able to
12. Dispose of the needle into a sharps
Once inserted, how does Insuflon® work?
To inject the drug.
1. Collect supplies.
ξ Needle must be between 27-31
gauge. It should not exceed 3/8th
inch (8mm) in length. A longer
needle could damage the tubing.
ξ Alcohol swab
2. Fill syringe with the drug. Do not give
multiple drugs through a single
Insuflon® without checking with your
3. Clean hub with alcohol swab. Allow to
4. Insert syringe needle, with bevel down,
into the Insuflon® hub. The needle must
be in the hub by at least 1/8th of an inch
and not more than 3/8 of an inch.
5. Inject the drug slowly to help reduce site
6. Remove the needle.
Note: Check Insuflon® daily for skin
breakdown or other problems.
When should I replace the catheter?
1. Change every 3 to 5 days. Choose a site
on the other side of your child’s
stomach, buttocks, or other arm or leg.
2. Never leave in place for more than 7
3. Always be prepared to change the
catheter. You will need to do this early
if any skin breakdown or problems are
noted. Signs to look for are
ξ Kinked tubing
ξ Loose adhesive
ξ Catheter withdrawal where the
tubing is starting to come out.
Always place a new Insuflon® before taking
out the old one. This helps to avoid
contaminating the site. It also helps to
ensure site rotation.
Can my child swim or take a bath with
the Insuflon® catheter?
Yes, your child can join in most sports and
swim with this device. Do not disturb the
tubing when your child is in the shower or
When should I contact my child’s health
ξ Any signs of infection (redness,
swelling, warmth, pus).
ξ Problems inserting the catheter.
ξ Problems giving medicine.
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