Insulin pumps are also called CSII...continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion.
There is increasing evidence that these will produce even better diabetic control than the most modern multiple dose injection regime.
New pumps are available
- some come with a glucose sensor
- you tube
- The meditronic 670 has a sensor that adjuts the insulin rate, though you still have to tell it how much you are going to eat. This can be achieved ith current pumps and a sensor using closed loop insulin delivery
- many pump uses are using a closed loop system, using the freestyle or other sensor. One patient group is “we are not waiting”. They are on twitter and have days were people can go along and learn how to loop their pump.
NHS hospital pump clinics will hopefully soon be able to provide the Medtronic 670G pump with continuous blood glucose monitoring which is a commercial closed loop system, and other systems are coming.
- 33% of type 1 patients attending the QE hospital in Birmingham are pump users.
- sensor alone link
- pumps may not help in the first year BMJ 19