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How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

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. ...Read more

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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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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?

No: You still need to place a catheter into the skin every 3 days and continue to check your blood sugars by sticking yourself a few times a day with a lancet. ...Read more

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How does a insulin pump work?

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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Insulin pen or insulin pump which is better?

Depends on you: Taking Insulin by injection or by pump are both good options. There are very many well-controlled people with diabetes who do each. The primary question is which of the two ways of delivering Insulin will work best for you. People like using Insulin pumps because it simplifies the math associated with accurate testing and because it offers more flexibility in hour by hour and day by day dosing. People like injections because they are simpler and do not require being tethered to a device all the time. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more