Insulin pumps are small, portable devices that can deliver insulin under the skin using a tiny needle. They can be used to treat diabetes in both adults and children. The primary use of insulin pumps is to replace daily injections with a more convenient method for administering insulin. This can reduce pain, discomfort and stress for many people with diabetes.
What are the primary use of insulin pumps
An insulin pump is a device that delivers insulin and other medications to a patient via a catheter (a tube inserted under the skin) in one of several locations. The pump can be programmed to deliver small amounts at frequent intervals or large amounts at less frequent intervals, thus acting as a closed loop delivery system, which differs from traditional syringe pumps that are open loop systems.
Insulin pumps are generally used when multiple daily injections (MDI) have failed for any reason – for example, if an individual’s body has become resistant to their current treatment method. This could also include individuals who find that they cannot inject themselves regularly due to pain or mobility issues they may experience with MDIs.
A typical user will wear an insulin pump 24 hours per day without removing it except for cleaning and refilling reservoirs (<1 hour). Some patients choose to take the devices off while bathing or showering due to possible irritation caused by water exposure on sensitive skin areas where the device is placed.
How long must an insulin pump be worn?
- The insulin pump is typically worn for 24 hours, but the specific time can vary.
- Most people who wear an insulin pump belt choose to wear it around their waist, near their hips. That’s where the belt clips are located, which makes it easier to get at during the day and night as needed. Some also like wearing a pump in a pocket or on their bra strap (although this may not work well if you have large breasts).
- The belt that holds your insulin pump in place should be worn all day long except when bathing or swimming—it’s meant to hold up against anything you might do during normal activities like walking around or engaging in sports or exercise.
One advanced technology in this field is- Control‑IQ technology which is designed to adjust insulin levels and is of great use for diabetes patients. According to Tandem Diabetes professionals,“Control‑IQ technology is designed to help increase time in range^ using Dexcom G6 CGM values to predict glucose levels 30 minutes ahead and adjust insulin delivery accordingly.”
Choosing a pump
If you’re looking to buy a pump, there are a few things to consider. First, you need to decide between the two main types of pumps:
- Disposable: These can be good for people who don’t want to worry about the cost or cleaning involved with owning an insulin pump. The benefit is that they don’t have any parts that need replacing and can last for up to three years.
- Reusable: If you prefer not having to worry about disposing of your pump at all, this may be the better option for you. In addition, many people find that their insurance will cover reusable pumps more than disposable ones – so if money matters at all (and it usually does), this could be a good choice!
Now, you must be having a better understanding of the ins and outs of insulin pumps. Insulin pumps are a great tool for people with diabetes and can help them manage their disease more effectively.