Insulin pumps continuously release small amounts of rapid acting insulin to keep blood glucose levels steady between meals and during sleep. This is called basal insulin. Basal insulin is adjustable throughout the day and night to meet changing insulin needs.
At meal or snack time, with just a few button presses, our pumps can deliver the amount of insulin needed to match the grams of carbohydrate in the food you eat, much like a healthy pancreas would. This is called bolus insulin. Bolus doses can also be given to correct high blood glucose between meals.
An infusion set is a small, flexible tube placed just beneath your skin with the help of an insertion device and then held in place with adhesive. There are many kinds of infusion sets available . You can experiment to find the one most comfortable for you. Your infusion set can be placed in a number of areas, including your abdomen, thigh or buttocks, and only needs to be changed every 2 to 3 days. You can disconnect it for short periods of time for things like contact sports or intimacy. Reconnecting it is a snap.
Your infusion set is connected to a longer tube that in turn connects to your pump. There are different lengths of this tubing available, which gives you the flexibility to wear your pump almost anywhere. If you like things close-say, pump in your pocket, infusion set on your abdomen- go shorter. If you’re tall or prefer things farther apart, go longer.
Always read the label and use only as directed. Read the warnings available on https://www.nzmsdiabetes.co.nz/resources before purchasing. Consult your healthcare professional to see which product is right for you.
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