Continuing with the evaluation of a number of infusion sets I have tested the Cleo 90. I’ve used a couple of these sets, manufactured by Smith Medical and distributed as part of the Cozmore brand.
This infusion set is very different to most of the other I’ve tried or seen. I’m not even sure it can be define as manual or automatic insertion. The best I can do is to say that it is a semi-automatic insertion, luer lock infusion set.
The connector in you is very small, and held by a circle of transparent plastic instead of fabric adhesive. This makes it very discreet, specially for people who want to expose a bit more flesh (just in time for the northern summer eh?).
The other big advantage of the Cleos is in the way it disconnects. It’s an 8 way connector, which means that regardless of the way in which is inserted, the line can be made to point to any direction. This is probably useful if you, like me, place the pump in different places depending in what you are wearing.
There are a few things about this set that I’m not too convince about. The first one is the way it is inserted. While one of the insertions did not hurt at all, one of them was very uncomfortable. Because the needle is hidden in the inserter, there is no way to see when the pinch is about to happen.
The second thing that is a bit tricky is the way the set is adhered to the body. There is a transparent circle on the outside and then a small round connector in the middle. These two pieces are glued to each other on insertion and fill a bit odd.
The first time I used one of these sets, the adhesive was very worn. While it was still very solidly in place, it did look like it was about to fall.
I personally didn’t like this set, although I know others that swear by them. I personally think that this sets are so different to anything else out there that it becomes a matter of love or hate.