An insulin pump is a small device about the size of a small cell phone that is worn externally and can be discreetly clipped to your belt, slipped into a pocket, or hidden under your clothes. It delivers precise doses of rapid-acting insulin to closely match your body’s needs:
An insulin pump holds a cartridge (reservoir) of rapid-acting insulin that delivers the insulin through an infusion set. The infusion set consists of tubing that connects to the reservoir at one end. At the other end is an even smaller tube (about the length of your fingernail), called the cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin with a small needle that is removed once the cannula is inserted. Before starting use of an insulin pump, you will need your setting prescribed by your physician and training by an appropriate healthcare professional.
A small medical device that is made out of a durable material that has:
plastic cartridge that holds the insulin that is locked into the insulin pump. It comes with a transfer guard (blue piece at the top) that assists with pulling the insulin from a vial into the reservoir. A reservoir can hold up to 300 units of insulin and is changed every two to three days.
An infusion set includes a thin tube that goes from the reservoir to the infusion site on your body. The cannula is inserted with a small needle that is removed after it is in place. It goes into sites (areas) on your body similar to where you give insulin injections. The infusion set is changed every two to three days.
An infusion set is placed into the insertion device and with a push of a button the infusion set is inserted quickly and easily.
Insulin pump therapy provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you greater control of your diabetes.
If you or a person you are caring for has diabetes and uses insulin (Type 1, Type 2, gestational, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), an insulin pump might be the right choice. People can benefit from an insulin pump who want to:5