What is Insulin pump?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Novolog Insulin Pump MiniMed 507c Insulin Pump Omnipod Show all

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See also: MiniMed Paradigm Revel Insulin Pump

An insulin pump is a medical device used to administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. It is an alternative to multiple injections of insulin and allows for intensive insulin therapy when used with blood glucose monitoring and carbohydrate counting.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes Type 1 46 18
Diabetes Type 2 21 3
Addison's Disease 1 1
Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes 1 1
Diabetes Mellitus 1 1
I have no interest in daily activities or a mind to do anything 1 0

Show all 7 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 4
Mild 9
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin pump

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 5
Weight gain 2
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 1
Injection site irritation 1
Injection site scar 1
Occasional injection site welt 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Insulin pump

Dosage Patients
daily 7
20 mL daily 1
40 intl units daily 1
100 units daily 1
100units/mL as needed 1
1.6 100units/mL as needed 1
four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Insulin pump

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who’ve stopped using Insulin pump

Duration

Currently using Insulin pump

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 5

Stopped using Insulin pump

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 24
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 8
Not specified 8
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3 patient evaluations for Insulin pump

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mcvet
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mcvet
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 9
Condition: Diabetes Type 1 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: g
I have:
Diabetes Type 1

See mcvet's full Insulin pump history

May 6, 2012 (Started Aug 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 1)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Rash or skin problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Ern
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Ern
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Severe
Cognition: moderate
Vision: severe
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: severe
Walking: severe
I am: vb
I have:
MS

See Ern's full Insulin pump history

Sep 29, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Administaration of Novolog)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 1)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Eat just before or after administering.... Not 10-15 or so minutes after..... Peaks within 2 hrs.

Sep 2, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Administaration of Novolog)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 1)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I first started Pump therapy back in the early 1990's and continued till my pump broke a few years ago and was unable to replace it. My BG was well controlled while pumping but sporadic when I had to revert to multiple injections (sometimes 8-12 times a day).

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Beaker
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Beaker
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

See Beaker's full Insulin pump history

Feb 24, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (feeling well, energetic, Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Keep a log of your food and insulin doses plus other factors like exercise, other meds and events. Many stresses can raise the sugars, including arguments and depression episodes. "There's no free lunch!" I wouldn't wish this on anyone. But the bottom line is: "Live with this the best way you can, and perhaps you will live a little longer!" I feel like the Auto-immune Queen, with the diabetes, MS, thyroid disfunction, depression, unemployment, I'll stop there. What do I live for? What are my options? I love my husband, and my dog, and my few friends, and my MS group. That is more than some people have so I'm not complaining.
Side effects: feeling well, energetic, Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

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