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What supplies do you need if you use an insulin pump for diabetes?

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If you use an insulin pump, keep these supplies handy:

If you use an insulin pump, it's always good to have extra infusion sets on hand, because you need a new one every few days -- and they do get yanked out sometimes. Some diabetes educators advise keeping an emergency syringe or pen and insulin in your purse or wallet if you pump.

  • Rapid or fast-acting insulin
  • Infusion sets
  • Reservoirs to hold the insulin
  • Extra batteries
  • An emergency supply of syringes or insulin pens in the unlikely, but possible, event that the pump stops working

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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