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What is diabetes insulin pump therapy?

Diabetes insulin pump therapy (subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy) involves the use of a (usually mobile) insulin pump to continuously pump insulin through plastic tubing attached to a needle under the skin near the abdomen. The pump is small enough to be worn on a belt or in a pocket. Equipment typically included with diabetes insulin pump therapy includes:

  • Insulin pump (controls, module and batteries)
  • Disposable insulin reservoirs within the pump
  • Disposable infusion sets for insertion in the skin with a tubing system

Why it's done

Diabetes insulin pump therapy is used to administer controlled, fast-acting insulin in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes insulin pump therapy is designed to be a safer alternative to multiple daily injections of insulin via syringe (or pen). This method provides more rigid control of insulin therapy and blood glucose levels.

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