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Pump Features to Consider

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Pumps have different features that you need to think about:

  • Reservoir size—people with higher insulin needs may want pumps with larger reservoirs. However, this is not always the case. Larger amounts of insulin might need infusion set changes sooner than every 2-3 days to avoid site irritation. A larger reservoir might tempt someone to leave their infusion sets in too long, resulting in higher blood sugars. Talk with your educator about reservoir size.
  • How small the adjustments for basal and bolus insulin can be—especially if the pump is for children or those with low insulin needs
  • Number of basal rates/profiles and bolus rates offered
  • Waterproof versus water-resistant
  • Remote bolus delivery option
  • Continuous glucose monitoring option with different features between brands
  • Customized food database option
  • Screen resolution
  • Tubing or tubeless “pod” pump. This is a personal decision. Both have pros and cons. For example, some people find the tubing an inconvenience while others find the tubeless pump functions very limited if they misplace or lose the handheld Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM).

Remember, NO insulin pump:

  • thinks for you
  • programs itself
  • takes away the need to check the blood sugar with a meter
  • automatically gives bolus insulin
  • automatically adjusts insulin delivery for food, exercise, stress, or illness
  • prevents all high and low blood sugars​​