Yesterday I found myself at a conference I was to present at with my co-presenter. It was a day event only, so although it was a few hours’ journey from home, we weren’t staying overnight. I had put in a new infusion set that morning (I’ve been having to change them daily lately due to reactions), and of course the first thing I did upon arrival was accidentally rip it out.
I went to the washroom to put in a new one, and while at the sink counter trying to get supplies and prime tubing, I managed to drop both the infusion set and tubing on the floor. I also noticed at that point that my kit was sitting in a pool of water and I had no alcohol swabs. Luckily, I always carry two sets with me, so I went into a stall, trying not to touch anything while doing so (closed the door and held it shut with my elbow) and managed to get the second set inserted.
But I think that, like shots, there has to be a better way to change an infusion set than a nasty public washroom.
What would you all do? Change it in the conference room in front of colleagues, strangers, and organizers (who had invited you to present)? Or go to the washroom? Maybe the washroom is a viable option if I had better strategies?