How Does Insulin Pump Work

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Insulin Pump Therapy - Rr

Sort What are the s/s of diabetes? - Frequent urination - Excessive thirst - Unexplained weight loss (type I) - Fatigue & weakness - Dry, itchy skin - blurred vision - infection - nausea What is protocol for hyperglycemia when on pump? If single glucose reading is above 250, then immediately: - Take a correction bolus w/pump - Recheck glucose in 1 hr & if not falling, take injection of fast acting insulin w/ syringe (same amt as if correction bolus) - Check for ketones (call Dr. if ketones present) - Change infusion site, tubing & reservoir - Drink liquids with no calories q 30 m - Recheck glucose and ketones in 1 hr Continue reading >>

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  1. gville

    How does the insulin pump work?

    Just curios how it works? Maintenance? Complications?

  2. Sparrow - 16557

    I have worn some version of an insulin pump for about 20 years.
    The pump is programmed to give you a steady "stream" of insulin continuously (basal rate). When you eat something, you program in an additional amount of insulin to cover the carbohydrates you consume (bolus).
    Most pumps are about the size of a pager. You fill a reservoir in the pump with insulin, this reservoir connects via a slender tube to a flexible "needle" (called a canula) that is inserted directly under the skin (subcutaneous). This needle is the only one you ever use on youself and remains connected to you for anywhere from 1 to 4 days (depending on your skins "tolerance").
    The isea is that it "mimicks" a pancreas. The programming in the pump can be adjusted for activity levels, illness, etc.
    They are extremely expensive ($3,000.00-5,000.00). Most are very rugged, built to withstand pretty rigorous activity.
    The only thing I'd like more than mine is a cure.
    For more info:
    Hope this helps.

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