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Insulin Pump Therapy

Why Good Control is Important

Pumps vs. Shots

Pump Basics

Using the Pump

Is the Pump Right for You?

Kids and Pumps

Life on the Pump

Wearing Your Pump

Pumps in School

Getting Started with the Pump

Infusion Sets

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Makers of Pumps and Pump Supplies
The following companies sell insulin pumps in the United States. Listed in alphabetical order.

  • Animas
    Maker of the OneTouch Ping, Animas Vibe (outside the US), and IR-2020 pump
  • Medtronic Diabetes
    Maker of the Paradigm family of insulin pumps and the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS)
  • OmniPod (Insulet)
    Maker of the OmniPod insulin management system
  • Roche
    Maker of the ACCU-CHEK Combo
  • Tandem Diabetes Care
    Maker of the t:slimŽ Insulin Pump

Products Related to Insulin Pumps
  • Anesthetics
    Topical anethestics used to numb the skin before inserting an insulin pump infusion set include:

  • Tape, dressings, sticky stuff and removers
    If you have problems with infusion sets sticking or skin irritation, try these:

    • IV3000 is a sterile dressing made by Smith & Nephew
    • Tegaderm is a sterile dressing made by 3M
    • Mastisol is a surgical adhesive made by Eloquest Healthcare
    • Detachol is an adhesive remover made by Eloquest Healthcare

  • Pump clothing and other accessories
    These products can make wearing a pump easier:

Slideshows About Insulin Pump Therapy

Books About Insulin Pump Therapy
Book cover   John Walsh's newly updated Pumping Insulin, now in a smaller format, remains the best guide book for insulin pump users or professionals who teach insulin pumping. The book is extremely comprehensive. Numerous "workspaces" help you calculate various numbers for pumping, such as your total daily dose. Many tables and charts are used to illustrate each topic, helping readers to grasp what are sometimes complex subjects. Barb Schreiner, R.N., M.N., C.D.E. and Shannon Brow, R.N., B.S., C.D.E. authored an excellent chapter about the use of insulin pumps in children and teens. If you use an insulin pump and want to get the most from it, you need this book.
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Book Cover   Health care professionals who are interested in learning how to oversee patients starting insulin pump therapy have a new resource: Putting Your Patients on the Pump by Karen M. Bolderman, RD, LD, CDE. This 91-page book from the ADA will "... help health care professionals with expertise in diabetes care successfully start and maintain diabetes patients on insulin pump therapy." Bolderman, who herself has diabetes and uses an insulin pump, presents and excellent and easy-to-read "how to" guide on what pump therapy is all about, from the perspective of the diabetes team. Patients who are interested in pump therapy will also benefit from this guide, as it includes much of what your health care team may have been taught about putting patients on the pump. While not as detailed as John Walsh's Pumping Insulin, Putting Your Patients on the Pump is up-to-date (includes NovoLog) and sufficient to help your diabetes team get you pumping. It is also an excellent tool for primary care providers who are interested in learning about the insulin pump.
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Book Cover   Smart Pumping for People with Diabetes is an excellent guide to managing diabetes using an insulin pump. Edited by Howard Wolpert, MD, the book is based on educational materials used at the Joslin Diabetes Center and is published by the American Diabetes Asssocation. Filled with dozens of charts and graphs, and written in easy-to-understand language, Smart Pumping starts with the basics of pump therapy, including how to figure out basal rates and insulin sensitivity -- essential for determining bolus amounts. Several sections are devoted to nutrition and how different foods are covered using extended boluses. There's even a discussion about how to manage with a pump should you have to go to the hospital. The only shortcoming in this book is the complete absence of references to non-ADA sources of information. There's nothing about the other books about pumping, and nothing about the Insulin Pumpers web site. If you're looking for a good, easy-to-read reference for insulin pumping, Smart Pumping will fit the bill, but it cannot be the only book in your pumping library.
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Book Cover   If you're undecided about pumping, Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified is an excellent place to start to learn about living with an insulin pump. Written by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, who wears a pump, this book is filled with answers to real questions from real people -- answered both by the author and by others who use a pump. You'll find sections body image, sleeping with the pump, intimacy issues (the author says it's not a problem), cost issues, programming and other technical concerns, exercise, swimming and other water sports, surviving the first few days -- and much more. There are even sections about pumping in kids, teens, seniors, and during pregnancy. Throughout, Kaplan-Mayer offers real world guidance for anyone interested in pump therapy. If you are considering a pump for yourself or your child, Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified is highly recommended.
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Other Books About Pumping
Book cover   My Own Book About Pumping by Sandra J. Hollenberg is an excellent introduction to pumping for young kids. Grandma Sandy's grandson Malcolm started pumping when he was four years old. This book will help younger kids learn about what insulin pumping is all about. Best off all, it's free to download and print!

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