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Where is an insulin pump placed on the body?

Where is an insulin pump placed on the body?

Insulin pump: It is worn on the outside of your body. Patients can clip it on a belt, put it in their pocket, put it in their bra, and there are even underwear or clothes with pump pockets built in. It is attached to an infusion set on your ABD skin by tubing. Go check out one of the pump websites. One of the best pumps is still the Medtronic pump. Check out this website: www. Medtronicdiabetes. Com/compare

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Dr. Roshani Sanghani
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Insulin Pump (Definition)

Insulin pumps is a convenient way to give insulin. The Insulin is in a reservoir and gets pumped through a needle into the skin nearby. You can program it to give a variable basal rate, and you tell it how much Insulin to give with meals. However, the pump does not measure glucose. You still need to do this. The Insulin pump is good for type 1 diabetics who are motivated to ...Read more


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Where can I find an insulin pump?

Where can I find an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: Most Primary Care doctors and Endocrinologists get visits from Pharmaceutical company reps and they often leave "pumps" to show to you. Every one will tell you which one is better than the others, but that is your choice. All pumps are excellent and they are improving over time. Pumps are most often used in type 1 diabetes and that is the best way to go. The new systems will improve with time.

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I need more info on a insulin pump?

I need more info on a insulin pump?

See an endocrine MD: There are many web sites that discuss pumps, both from the pump companies and societies. See a doctor who does pumps regularly to discuss whether it's right for you.

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What can I expect when on an insulin pump?

What can I expect when on an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: Do not go on an insulin pump until you have had appropriate training from a diabetes educator. When working properly your health and well being will go up and you will feel great! If not working properly you will not do so well. Getting things under control does not happen over night - be patient and careful!

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How do I get help for a insulin pump?

How do I get help for a insulin pump?

See your doc: See your physician to discuss appropriateness of an Insulin pump. He/she might send you to a pump nurse/diabetes educator or to an endocrinologist to get things started.

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How do I know if an insulin pump is the right choice for me?

How do I know if an insulin pump is the right choice for me?

It depends: Just like most other aspects of diabetes management there is no "right" answer to this question. If you need additional flexibility in your Insulin dosing and don't mind being tethered to a device 24 hours a day seven days a week and your insurance will pay for it then a pump may be a good option. If you are well-controlled on Insulin injections and have issues with any of the above there may not be a reason to change. Ask your endocrinologist.

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How do I know when to change my daughters insulin pump settings?

How do I know when to change my daughters insulin pump settings?

Out of control: If her blood sugars ever go lower than sixty or higher than one fifty, the setting should be changed. I recommend checking with her endocrinologist or diabetes doctor before you do that, though.

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I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

Yes: You still have to insert the pump once every 3 days (for most pump) so you will still have to "inject/poke" yourself once every 3 days but that's better than injecting 3-4x daily. On the pump, you will still have to check blood sugar like before, if not more.

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I have a burning feeling with insulin pump. Should I be concerned?

Infusion site?: Hi. Did it start with insertion of the infusion cannula? Sometimes insertion will hit a sensory nerve and cause a burning sensation. That usually passes quickly. How old is the infusion site? Is it red or tender? If it persists, take that rig out and put a new one in in a different location. If the current site looks infected, notify your endocrinologist and be seen; sometimes antibiotics needed.

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I know a young person who is diabetic. Is there a site available for an insulin pump for him?

I know a young person who is diabetic. Is there a site available for an insulin pump for him?

See the doctor: There is a process to go through to get an Insulin pump. My recommendation is for him to see his doctor for a referral to a pump educator. He can then learn the pros and cons from all the pumps. Then he can make an informed decision about which is best for him.

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I have been on insulin 14 years and I have had a insulin pump now I ready to go back onbeen type one since I was 14 I was on the pump in my teens?

Please be specific: Sorry, but what is your question? It sounds like you have had experience with an Insulin pump before, but I don't know what you are specifically asking.

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How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

Varies by location: Laws for safe needle disposal vary by state, county, or city. Check with your diabetes educator or doctor. You can also google "needle disposal" followed by your state/city. Basically, dispose of these needles the same way you would dispose of syringes.

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What's an insulin pump?

Pump: A device that deliveres a preprogramed amount of Insulin at a preprogramed time of day.

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What is an insulin pump?

Delivers Insulin: An Insulin pump is a device that holds Insulin in a resevoir and delivers it to the body via a small needle placed, often in the fatty tissue of the abdomen. Insulin is pumped at a rate set by the doctor/patient to provide a continuous flow of insulin. Often the patient will press a button to deliver a slightly larger dose of Insulin at mealtimes. The devices are getting smaller all the time.

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How does a insulin pump work?

Insulin pump: An Insulin pump is a very sophisticated means of delivering insulin. There is a small cartridge of insulin, which can be refilled periodically. Sophisticated electronics control the basal rate of insulin. Boluses can be given for meals based on carbohydrates intake, pre-meal blood sugar, and anticipated activity level. Battery operated

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What is a remote insulin pump?

What is a remote insulin pump?

Insulin pump types: The pump used in the USA are external pumps vs in some european countries there are internal or implanted pumps under the skin. I am not aware of any remote pumps

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When is an insulin pump required?

When is an insulin pump required?

Seldom: Required? Can't think of any situation where a pump is required. A pump may help someone achieve tighter glucose control, including pregnant women, people who need very small doses, people whose activities and schedule changes day-to-day, or people whose basal Insulin requirement varies through the day. Willingness to learn carb counting and to check frequently are key to getting better results.

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When do you need an insulin pump?

When do you need an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: There are many answers. Can you afford the pump? Do you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Are you overweight? Are your eating habits good? The list goes on. Yes insulin pumps are excellent and there are many brands available, but before you sign up, think hard about how you can change your life to eventually get rid of your diabetes. It does happen but requires careful eating habits and exercise.

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What insulin pump is best for a child?

What insulin pump is best for a child?

Omnipod: My daughter an many kids use omnipod, the first tubeless pump approved in the us, combined with dexcom for cgm this is the most accurate and most physiologic "open loop" system you can use for your child.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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