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Mastering Insulin Pump Therapy

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Gary Scheiner MS, CDCES

There’s a big difference between using an insulin pump and truly benefiting from an insulin pump.  This course is designed to help you make better use of your pump so that you can achieve the best possible glucose control safely and with the least amount of work.  The material applies to those using any make/model of insulin pump.

Specific topics include:

  • Fine-tuning basal insulin doses
  • Setting insulin:carb ratios, target and correction factors
  • Determining the right insulin duration
  • Infusion set tips & tricks
  • Applying temporary basal rates
  • Utilizing extended and multi-wave boluses
  • Uses for alternate basal patterns/profiles
  • Timely troubleshooting of pump-related problems

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Placement Exam: Mastering Insulin Pump Therapy

1. Basal insulin’s job is to:

A. Bring elevated glucose levels down to normal 

B. Prevent blood sugar spikes after meals

C. Offset the glucagon secreted by the pancreas

D. Offset the glucose secreted by the liver

2. Extended bolus delivery should not be used when:

A. Consuming a rapidly-digesting meal

B. Consuming a low-glycemic-index meal

C. Consuming a very large meal

D. Consuming a meal over several hours

3. A temporary basal adjustment should be used in which situation?

A. At the onset of a 45-minute workout or sudden stress

B. A meal containing large amounts of complex carbs

C. At the first sign of a cold

D. During a cross-country flight

4. The proper insulin-to-carb ratio should produce normal blood sugar:

A. 1 Hour after the meal

B. 2 Hours after the meal

C. 3-4 Hours after the meal

D. All of the above

5. The first response to an unexplained high blood sugar should be:

A. Give an injection with a syringe

B. Check blood or urine for ketones

C. Bolus with the pump

D. Change the pump’s infusion set

Answers: D, A, D, C, B

  • Answered 4 or 5 correctly?  Nice job, Professor!  Looks like you know your stuff.  Maybe you could teach a course on this subject! But there are always new things to learn.
  • Answered 3 or fewer correctly?  You may have a thing or two to learn.  You would certainly benefit from taking this class. 
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