Insulin Pumps

Insert The Infusion Set

Insert the infusion set or patch pump into the skin or through IV3000™ adhesive by hand or with an inserter. Have a qualified instructor demonstrate how to insert your set or pump properly. Some people feel pain or discomfort when inserting needles or catheters. Numby Stuff® and LMX™ 4 cream can be used to reduce sensation, or EMLA, a prescription numbing cream, can be applied to the skin about an hour before inserting the infusion set.

Different Bolus Recommendations When BOB Is Large

Bolus on Board (BOB) shows how much glucose-lowering activity remains from recent boluses so you can avoid insulin stacking, improve bolus accuracy, and know your current carb deficit or insulin deficit. BOB does not measure any basal insulin activity, only the amount of insulin that is still active from recent boluses. A pump requires an accurate DIA to accurately calculate the BOB.

Different insulin pumps will recommend very different bolus amounts when:

Future Insulin Pumps

The diabetes technology area has grown so much over the years. There are a number of companies jumping into the field with different ways to pump insulin. We've listed a few below.


The Cellnovo patch pump has garnered a lot of attention since it's initial mention in 2009. With it's small size and well designed handset, pumpers can't wait to get their hands on this device.

Patch Insulin Pumps

Patch pump technology has been on the verge of breaking through for several years and now it may actually happen. Patch pumps are becoming popular because they avoid the tethered approach of current pumps. Instead of having your pump connected to your body via an infusion set and tubing, the patch pump is worn directly on the body, discreetly attached at the infusion site and wirelessly controlled with a separate device.

Infusion Set Comparison

Although patch pumps applied directly to the skin are more available, most pumps infuse insulin from a pump reservoir through an infusion set. No single set works well for everyone, so choosing an infusion set can be difficult. The type of set shipped with a new pump is usually one manufactured by the pump company and this set may or may not be the best choice. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to choose from.


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