Insulin Pump tips & advice.

Helping you to live life to the full with diabetes.

Starting on insulin pump therapy is an exciting new step in learning how to manage your diabetes. We at Animas are committed to helping you live life to the full with diabetes. We have a 24/7 support line (the number is on the back of your pump) with clinical advisors to answer your questions. Make sure you become familiar with the Owners Booklet of your insulin pump, as most of the “how-to’s” are covered there.

Adults and young boy wearing goggles whilst swimming underwater. Animas® Vibe® Insulin Pumps are waterproof are tested and proven waterproof at 3.6 meters for up to 24 hours and make it easy to swim.
Adults and young boy wearing goggles whilst swimming underwater. Animas® Vibe® Insulin Pumps are waterproof are tested and proven waterproof at 3.6 meters for up to 24 hours and make it easy to swim.

Bathing and Swimming.

Your Animas insulin pump is completely waterproof up to 3.6 metres for 24 hours and can be worn in the shower or while swimming. To participate in water activities, clip the pump to your swimsuit or place it in a small “sport case”. Or, if you prefer, the pump and most infusion sets can be disconnected for up to one hour.

If you plan on using hot tubs, whirlpools or saunas, it is recommended that you remove your pump, infusion set and tubing. Exposure to extreme temperatures could possibly affect the quality of your insulin inside the pump, tubing and set. Always follow your healthcare professional’s individual guidelines when disconnecting your pump. Before and after you disconnect for any length of time, remember to check your blood glucose levels.

Note: Do not wear your Animas insulin pump when diving or in water at depths greater than 3.6 metres)

Sleeping.

Because the pump delivers your insulin continuously, it must be worn during sleep. The basal insulin rate holds the blood sugar steady while you sleep. Sleeping with the pump is not difficult. It can be clipped to your pyjamas, placed in a pocket, tucked under a pillow, or kept next to you in bed.

Woman with Type 1 diabetes smiling and resting after running.
Woman with Type 1 diabetes smiling and resting after running.

Exercise and Sports.

There are many options for wearing your pump during exercise and sports activities. During “low-contact” sport activities, such as walking, biking, or aerobics, the pump can be clipped to the waistband. For added security, it can be placed in a “sport case”, or some people even sew pockets into their undergarments to keep it in place.

During “contact” sports such as rugby, basketball, or hockey, the pump can be disconnected for up to one hour, although many people prefer to keep it on and tucked under their sportswear. If you choose to disconnect your pump, always follow your physician/healthcare professional’s individual guidelines. Before and after you disconnect for any length of time, remember to check your blood glucose levels.

Travelling.

With an insulin pump, travelling requires preparation. Remember to order your supplies in advance, and remember to pack the following items:

  • A letter from your consultant that explains the necessity of carrying insulin supplies and equipment
  • A prescription for insulin, according to your consultants instructions
  • Extra cartridges, infusion sets, and insulin
  • Accessible snacks
  • Fast-acting dextrose tablets that can dissolve in your mouth in case of air sickness and hypoglycaemia
  • Emergency supplies
  • Bottled water to prevent dehydration while flying
  • The name of a referral Healthcare professional at your final destination in case of an emergency
  • The long distance number in case you need to reach Animas Customer Support while you are away is +44 800 055 6606

Click here to download travelling tips to help you be prepared

Woman with Type 1 diabetes riding bike in field.
Woman with Type 1 diabetes riding bike in field.

A few things to remember.

  • Pack your insulin carefully so that it is not exposed to extreme temperatures
  • Pack your pump supplies in carry-on luggage when travelling by air or train
  • Do not pack your supplies in checked luggage
  • Adjust your pump’s clock when crossing time zones

For the most current information on airport security guidelines, visit the Department for Transport Web site.

Emergency Supplies.

You should always carry an “emergency kit” of supplies for use with your pump, and be sure to carry injectable insulin supplies in the event your pump cannot deliver insulin.

Suggested supplies include, but are not limited to:

  1. blood glucose monitoring supplies
  2. fast-acting source of sugar, e.g., glucose tablets, juice, fruit, etc.
  3. injectable fast-acting insulin
  4. injectable long acting insulin
  5. syringes
  6. alcohol swabs
  7. site preparation supplies
  8. infusion sets
  9. Animas insulin pump cartridges
  10. batteries for your Animas insulin pump
  11. medical identification (jewellery and wallet card)
  12. glucagon kit (along with instructions on how to administer it)
  13. emergency contact phone numbers

Problems with Infusion Sets and Sites.

A number of problems can occur with infusion sets and sites, so here are some of the most common ones, along with some suggested solutions. If you have other questions, call your 24/7 Animas Technical Support at UK 0800 055 6606 or Ireland 1800 812 715 option 2.

Air bubbles in tubing
Always fill your pump cartridge with room temperature insulin. Check Luer lock connection and tubing; change infusion set if needed; if using a disconnect set, remove the set from your infusion site and prime the bubbles out.
Kinked tubing
Straighten if needed; replace infusion set if needed.
Blood in tubing (insulin looks pink or red)
Change infusion set and site; check needle/cannula angle at new infusion site.
Insulin leak
Check Luer lock connection by wrapping a tissue around it to check for moisture; change infusion set if needed.
Redness, tenderness, lumps, itching, warmth, and discharge
Change infusion set and site; use sterile technique. Treat old site for infection if necessary. Call healthcare professional for instructions.

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