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Diabetes experts call for uniform pump training



Insulin pump use is becoming more popular and a national group of diabetes experts are calling for more consistency in how pumpers are trained and educated to use their devices.

insulin-pump-for-childrenThere is a need for everyone connected to insulin pump use to get on the same page according to new guidance from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).

The group of diabetes specialists acknowledges that pumps have become more sophisticated, and in order to get the best benefit, training programs should be developed.

The statement, published in Endocrine Practice, is an update to an earlier guidance from 2010 and offers recommendations for patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes on pump therapy.

Insulin pumps are small computerized devices that deliver insulin in two ways:

  • In a steady measured and continuous dose (the “basal” insulin)
  • As a surge (“bolus”) or an extra amount of insulin taken to cover an expected rise in blood glucose, often related to a meal or snack, at your direction, around mealtime.

The diabetes educators at Diabetes Management & Supplies can help you decide if pump therapy is right for you and help take the fear out of using an insulin pump.

They can also provide insulin pump training on all major insulin pumps. Working with your doctor, the educators can also help pumpers improve their control by helping them fine tune pump settings and avoid fluctuations in blood glucose as well as other pump and infusion site issues.

In addition to pump therapy, our educators can also teach people with diabetes how to use a CGM. For more information on specific monitoring or insulin delivery needs, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

Also see: Survey offers insight on pump therapy

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