Pump Starts and Upgrades
When it comes to diabetes management, there are different management options available. Insulin pump therapy is an alternative option to multiple daily injections for people living with type 1 diabetes. This therapy is popular in all age groups.Using a pump is a very personal decision. You can either manage your diabetes effectively with a pump or multiple injections. It all comes down to your preference.
What is an insulin pump?
It is a small battery-operated electronic device that holds a reservoir of insulin. Most insulin pumps available in Australia are smaller than the size of a mobile phone. These devices are programmed with your own personalised settings established by your diabetes team to deliver insulin into the body through a thin plastic tubing known as an infusion set.
The infusion set has a fine flexible cannula. This is inserted just below the skin where it stays in place for two to three days. Whenever a person living with diabetes eats, the person delivers a dose of insulin via the pump. This way, it imitates the way pancreas works in people without diabetes.
Hybrid closed loop pumps, have an automated basal delivery system and when used with Continuous Glucose Monitoring system (CGM), controls the amount of basal insulin delivered in response to changes in your glucose levels helping to control your high and low glucose levels
While insulin pump therapy is a good alternative to manage your glucose levels, it isn’t for everyone. That is why it's best to consult with your Endocrinologist and Credentialled Diabetes Educator for the best insulin pump options that work for you.
How does it help me manage my diabetes?
Different Kinds for Different Needs
For those who are new to insulin pump therapy, there are different kinds of pumps currently available. Discussing the different pumps and upgrades with your diabetes educator can help you understand the options that may suit your lifestyle so you can choose the best pump for you.
These are the different types of insulin pumps:
Traditional Insulin Pumps
Insulin Patch and Miro Bolus Pumps
Total Support, Overall Diabetes Management
TSDE offers pump upgrades for people currently using pump therapy or needing to upgrade their pump when it is out of warranty.
Total Support Diabetes Education will closely work with you – from the first consultation to the start-up day and thereafter – to ensure you have all the necessary information regarding your new technological device and to ensure your transition to pump therapy is a positive and supportive experience.
Insulin pump start packages are available. Please email for further information or you can make an appointment to discuss all your options.
$56.00 Medicare rebate is available for each consultation if you are referred under a Diabetes GP management care plan for the allocated visits.
Send an email by completing the contact form on the website if you require further information.