What are the names of Insulin pumps?
Common insulin pump brands include:
- Medtronic (MiniMed™).
Do I qualify for an insulin pump?
1. Member has been followed by an Endocrinologist or Diabetes Specialist for at least 6 months. 2. Member has been evaluated by an Endocrinologist and is deemed capable of physically, socially, and intellectually maintaining the pump.
What is the standard insulin pump?
The typical insulin pump is attached to a thin plastic tube (an infusion set) that has a soft cannula (or plastic needle) at the end through which insulin passes. This cannula is inserted under the skin, usually on the abdomen. The cannula is changed every two days.
Why is an insulin pump better than injections?
Insulin pump benefits Insulin pumps are more expensive, but also more accurate and precise. The pumps deliver a constant flow of insulin throughout the day, allowing for a more flexible lifestyle. There are fewer needle pricks with insulin pumps.
Are insulin pumps painful?
Tubing of insulin pumps getting caught on objects Catching the tubing of your pump on handles and other objects can happen from time to time and, yes, it does usually hurt and can leave your infusion site quite sore for a while.
Can you take a shower with an insulin pump?
Most insulin pumps can resist water but are not waterproof, so you need to disconnect them to go swimming or take a shower or bath. You can buy special cases that will protect your pump in the shower. Sleeping with your pump should not be a problem.
How often do you have to change an insulin pump?
Replace your infusion set every 2 or 3 days or as often as your doctor advises. Insert a new infusion set at least 1 in. (2.5 cm) away from where the last one was. Moving your infusion sites around may help your tissue absorb insulin properly over the years.