An Insulin pump is an alternative method of taking insulin.
An Insulin Pump is a small battery-operated device about the size of a pager. The insulin is delivered via an infusion set which is inserted under the skin (subcutaneously) every 2-3 days.
The device delivers insulin in 2 ways:
- Basal (or background) delivers small amounts of insulin continuously replacing the need for long acting insulin.
- Bolus- delivers a dose on insulin on demand to account for the carbohydrates in meals or to correct high BGLs.