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Basal Insulin Differences

Knowledge Check

1. Basal insulin is needed:
 
 
 

Correct!Basal insulin covers the glucose the liver makes throughout the day and night. It is needed at all times, even when not eating.

The correct answer is A.Basal insulin covers the glucose the liver makes throughout the day and night. It is needed at all times, even when not eating.

2. Basal insulin in the pump is different because:
 
 
 

Correct!The insulin pump only uses rapid-acting insulin. Tiny amounts of rapid acting insulin are delivered every few minutes. The basal rate is programmed in units per hour for every hour of the day. Some hours will have different basal rates than other hours.

The correct answer is C.​​The insulin pump only uses rapid-acting insulin. Tiny amounts of rapid acting insulin are delivered every few minutes. The basal rate is programmed in units per hour for every hour of the day. Some hours will have different basal rates than other hours.

3. Which of the following do you think is an insulin pump basal rate?
 
 

Correct!The insulin pump uses tiny amounts of rapid-acting insulin delivered every few minutes. This is programmed as units per hour eg. 0.7 units/hr.

The correct answer is B.The insulin pump uses tiny amounts of rapid-acting insulin delivered every few minutes. This is programmed as units per hour eg. 0.7 units/hr.

4. Setting basal rates to meet individual needs for all 24 hours usually takes:
 
 
 

Correct!It may take 3-5 months, sometimes longer, to set basal rates in insulin pump therapy.

The correct answer is C.​​It may take 3-5 months, sometimes longer, to set basal rates in insulin pump therapy.

5. True or false? If programmed correctly, the insulin pump could help reduce the number of low and high blood sugar readings compared to MDI.
 
 

Correct!

The correct answer is TRUE.​​​