Is It Sliding Scale Insulin Therapy Work Like Insulin Pump?
No, but insulin pumps (or at least the one I have) do use some type of sliding scale to calculate the amount of insulin needed. Sliding scales are meant to be used with a short-acting insulin, often in conjunction with a long-acting insulin. The long-acting insulin is a daily injection (as I recall) and has a buffer added to the insulin so that it releases slowly and steadily, providing a "base" of insulin that the body needs just to function. At mealtimes, the diabetic using injected insulin measures his/her blood sugar and then plugs that number into the sliding scale formula provided by the doctor, to calculate how much insulin is needed to bring the current blood sugar level into the desired range. At the same time, the patient will be taking an additional amount of insulin to compensate for the food s/he is about to consume. The type of insulin will generally be either analog or a fast-acting insulin. A few hours later, the patient checks his/her blood sugar level again and, again, uses the sliding scale formula to calculate how much additional insulin, if any, is needed. An insulin pump user has a "basal" amount of insulin being pumped into his/her body all day long. Because Continue reading >>