WHAT IS AN INSULIN PUMP?
An insulin pump is a small device that is a convenient method for insulin delivery for people with diabetes, replacing the conventional, multiple, daily insulin injections. Insulin pump therapy allows you to set a basal rate, or background insulin, that is delivered continuously throughout the day and night to support normal body function. The insulin pump delivers insulin through a small tube which is attached to an even smaller cannula (tube). The cannula is inserted under the skin by a small needle every 2 to 3 days. The pump has an insulin reservoir. This reservoir must be filled with insulin by the patient every 2 to 3 days when the cannula is replaced.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR AND INSULIN PUMP?
Appropriate candidates for the insulin pump include diabetics who:
- Diabetics type 1 and type 2
- Self-monitor and record blood glucose levels at least six times daily
- Treat low blood glucose levels appropriately
- Demonstrate ability to operate the pump
HOW CAN I KNOW IF I AM READY TO MOVE TO AN INUSLIN PUMP?
At Miami Diabetes and Endocrinology with strongly believe that education is essential. Our physicians are Certified Insulin Pump Trainers. During consultation, together will review your current diabetes care plan and identify if and which pump would work best for you. Over the course of several visits, we will educate and review with you about maintaining the pump, pump replacement, insulin administration and technology needed to monitor and optimize your glucose levels.
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