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Using Insulin Pumps in Diabetes: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

ISBN: 978-0-470-05925-8
222 pages
April 2008
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Insulin pump therapy is now a well-established option for treating diabetes. This method of insulin delivery offers the opportunity for people with diabetes to manage their diabetes confidently and competently to achieve good glycaemic control and a better quality of life. Using Insulin Pumps in Diabetes covers all aspects of insulin pump therapy in a clear and informative style, and is an essential guide for all health professionals involved in caring for people with diabetes using insulin pumps.

Using Insulin Pumps in Diabetes explores issues such as the advantages and disadvantages of insulin pump therapy; the experiences of insulin pump users, how to set up an insulin pump service, how to set and adjust insulin doses and optimising glycaemic control.  It also includes chapters on insulin pumps in pregnancy, and in babies, toddlers and young children. 

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

1 An Introduction to Insulin Pump Therapy 1

2 The Advantages and Disadvantages of Insulin Pump Therapy 8

3 The Experiences of Insulin Pump Users 17

4 Insulin Pumps and Infusion Sets 29

5 Setting up an Insulin Pump Service 40

6 Assessing Suitability to Use an Insulin Pump 63

7 Matching Insulin Doses to Carbohydrate Intake 73

8 Using an Empowerment Approach to Insulin Pump Therapy Education 89

9 Initiating Insulin Pump Therapy 103

10 Setting and Adjusting Insulin Doses 119

11 Optimising Glycaemic Control 130

12 The Day-to-day Management of Insulin Pump Therapy 144

13 Insulin Pumps in Babies, Children and Teenagers 158

14 Insulin Pumps in Pregnancy 176

15 Situations Requiring Complex Management 190

Appendix: Additional Sources of Information 199

Index 203

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""The use of continuous insulin infusion pumps for the treatment of patients with diabetes of small children to adults is spreading rapidly. This is a practical guide for nurses and diabetes educators." (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, 1 December 2010)

"This guide, aimed at nurses and other health professionals, will hopefully raise awareness of the need to better assess people with Type 1 diabetes, and to clearly determine who are those who would benefit from the use of an insulin pump." (Nurse Prescribing, August 2010)"This is a very informative book. It is clearly laid out and gives a comprehensive guide to using CSII in diabetes. This is a very useful and balanced introduction and support to anyone involved in the care of individuals with diabetes." (Journal of Community Nursing, February 2009)

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