Wearing and Using an Insulin Pump
So you’ve read up on what insulin pumps are in our guide to insulin pumps. But how do insulin pumps actually work? And how does one wear an insulin pump?
Please see other insulin guides for more information about insulin delivery.
- Diabetes and insulin injections
- Insulin facts
How do insulin pumps deliver insulin?
Insulin pumps deliver insulin by using an infusion set. Although this sounds painful, insulin infusions are not necessarily needles.
Some insulin pumps use short metal needles, whilst others use hollow Teflon.
Thankfully, these infusion systems are completely painless. Some pumps have an automatic insertion device,
Over time, do insulin pumps become sore?
In order to keep insulin pumps painless, it is necessary to remove the needle and attach to a different spot.
Which sites are good for insulin pumps?
Insulin pump sites can include the stomach, hips, thighs or buttocks. Wherever you fix your insulin pump, the infusion set needs to be taped down to the skin.
The whole insulin pump thing sounds awkward!
Some diabetics find having an insulin pump awkward, whilst others love the freedom and make it clear that they cannot feel anything.
Insulin pumps aren’t necessarily completely fixed, most allow the user to remove the pump for a brief period of time.
Pumps that allow disconnection mean the diabetic can briefly remove the pump in order to partake in an active activity.
However, some pumps are built to be tough, and some are even waterproof.
Where does the pump go whilst it is attached?
Most diabetics with insulin pumps attach them to their belt, or hide the pump in their pocket. Some pumps have elastic straps that allow the pumps to be secured elsewhere on the person.
At night, insulin pumps are generally placed beside the bed, or under the pillow.