Continuous Insulin Infusion

Also known as: the pump, insulin pump therapy.

What is continuous insulin infusion?

Continuous insulin infusion is a diabetes treatment that helps keep blood glucose levels under control in people with diabetes. Rather than injecting insulin frequently, a person with an insulin pump gets precise doses of insulin that are delivered throughout the day.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for continuous insulin infusion, although reasonable glucose control and a regular blood sugar monitoring is required.

What are the risk factors?

Problems at the insertion site or ineffectiveness due to improper insertion are potential risk factors of continuous insulin infusion. As with all insulin based diabetes treatments, hypoglycemia is possible. Patients are encouraged to stay in contact with the office, especially when first starting the pump, if abnormal blood sugars are noted.


Reviewed by: Joshua W Tarkoff, MD

This page was last updated on: 11/26/2019 2:27:28 PM

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