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.

What happens during the procedure?

A simple procedure is required to insert the cannula, or tube, beneath the skin in the patient’s body. It can be done at home with training. This tubing is attached to the insulin pump itself, which is simply carried on the patient’s belt, pocket or even a bra strap. The pump is programmed to deliver a precise dose of insulin to the body at the correct time.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for continuous insulin infusion.

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.


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Reviewed by: Joshua W Tarkoff, MD

This page was last updated on: 5/3/2018 9:34:30 AM



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Dr. Kelly Seiler is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multi-specialty group practice of Miami Children's Health System. She is a pediatric endocrinologist within the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and sees patients at the Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center in Weston, FL.

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