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Frequently Asked Questions


Insulin Pumps

What do I do with my pump when I go to bed?

Your pump will “take care of itself”. It may be placed in a pocket or clipped to a waistband.  It can even be left lying beside you on the bed (unless you sleep with pets that might chew on the tubing).

But what about during those “intimate” times?

If you are using an infusion set with a quick-disconnect feature (most are), you can temporarily disconnect from your pump (one hour maximum recommended).  If you are using a set that does not disconnect  just leave it lying on the bed or clip it to something you may be wearing.

I am an active person in sports. Will a pump interfere with my lifestyle?

An insulin pump is a small device and is designed to help you to optimize your blood sugar control at all times, even when you exercise or are active in sports.  There are many pump case options you can select to provide additional protection for your pump.  The pump can be worn under your clothes or in a pocket during sports.  Modern infusion sets can allow you to disconnect from the pump for short periods of time (no longer than 1 hour).

Insulet makes the OmniPod.  It is a disposable insulin pump that does not use infusion sets.  Many active people prefer the OmniPod over traditional insulin pumps.

What type of insulin is used in an insulin pump?

Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulins such as lispro, aspart and glulisine. Because the pump delivers tiny amounts of insulin every few minutes, longer-acting insulins are not necessary.


Pumps and Sensors

How can I reinforce my infusion set and/or sensor adhesion?

Summer time can bring a number of challenges to pumpers and/or those using a CGMS device.  It can be difficult to keep infusion sets and sensors in place when you are perspiring.  We have several products and techniques that can be used to help keep your set and or sensor in place:

  • Clean your skin very well to remove any traces of lotion, oils, etc.
  • Use a skin adhesive like Skin Tac or Mastisol on your skin, under the tape
  • Use a dressing like IV 3000 directly on the skin and insert your set or sensor directly through it.
  • Use unscented roll on antiperspirant on your skin.  Be sure to leave an untreated spot through which you will insert the set/sensor (you don’t want to force the antiperspirant under your skin when you insert).  Allow the antiperspirant to dry before applying tapes or inserting set/sensor
  • Call us for other tips!


If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.


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