Type 1 Diabetes, Insulin Pumps & Sensors

Insulin Pump Education Program

An Insulin Pump is a medical device used mainly by people with Type 1 Diabetes to deliver their insulin. It is an alternative to multiple daily injections using syringes or pens.

It delivers rapid acting insulin under the skin through a tiny plastic tube in two different ways.

One is a continuous trickle 24 hours/day that replaces long acting background or basal insulin, such as Lantus, Toujeo or Tresiba.

The other is programmed bolus doses several times/day for food and blood sugar corrections.

 

                      

Insulin pumps are becoming increasingly popular. However, it is important to know how to use the pump properly to avoid problems or address them if they occur.

At Diabetes Grey Bruce, Certified Diabetes Educators who are also Certified Insulin Pump Trainers help our patients learn to use their insulin pump safely and effectively. We can also help with the application for funding through the Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program. Click here for more information. https://www.ontario.ca/page/insulin-pumps-and-diabetes-supplies

Click HERE for Insulin Pump Failure Instructions

Sensors and Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)

Sensors and CGM are becoming an increasingly popular way of keeping track of blood sugar levels and has the added benefit of showing the direction and rate of change of blood sugars.

They can be used as on their own or sometimes integrated with insulin pumps.