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How can I support patients using continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion?

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Morrison G, Weston P (2013) Identifying patients for insulin pump therapy. Nursing Times; 109: 10, 14-18.

 

Gill Morrison is diabetes and continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion specialist nurse; Philip Weston is consultant diabetologist and endocrinologist, both at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Why insulin pumps are used to manage diabetes
  • The advantages and disadvantages of using insulin pumps
  • Care of people who have insulin pump therapy

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

The long-term care of diabetes and patient concordance with diabetes treatment.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

Insulin pumps are being used more and more in healthcare and it is likely that you will come across them during your career. This article is useful for giving you an overview of why patients may prefer this method of using insulin and the potential problems the pump may cause.

It will also give you information that you can pass on to patients if they are considering this treatment option – although you should refer to a diabetes specialist who can give more in-depth information.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How do patients find using insulin pumps?
  • What problems have you come across in nursing people with insulin pumps?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion

Also known as “insulin pump”. A method for administering insulin on a continuous basis, rather than through multiple injections. The pump administers insulin into subcutaneous tissue through a cannula and can be programmed to meet the user’s individual requirements.

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