How Does An Insulin Pump Work

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We're dedicated to creating medical devices to help you and your child better manage diabetes. Whether your child was just diagnosed with diabetes or has been managing it for some time, Medtronic is the right place to turn for help. Over 250,000 families who have children with diabetes count on Medtronic and our diabetes products to secure their child's long-term health. In concert with your healthcare professional, we are committed to providing the best products, service, and support for you and your family. How can Medtronic Products Help My Child? It is likely that you and your child regularly seek information that will help you best manage his or her diabetes. While many options are available to children with diabetes, the Medtronic insulin pumps deliver precise, timely insulin doses 24/7, similar to the way a healthy pancreas delivers basal and bolus insulin. What is an Insulin Pump? Like a pancreas, an insulin pump continuously delivers tiny doses of insulin to your child's body, and it replaces the need to give routine insulin injections with syringes or pens. Insulin pumps are not implanted in your child's body. They are small enough to fit in a pocket or on your child's wa 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.
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    Hope this helps.

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