What is an insulin pump?
An insulin pump is a small, portable and water-resistant device that continuously delivers rapid acting insulin 24 hours a day. Precise insulin delivery helps you achieve your ideal A1C and reduces the risks of highs without increasing lows.1,2
The benefits of insulin pump technology.
It can help you better manage the need for insulin dose adjustments, particularly for meals and overnight and can help to achieve better glucose control.1,2,3 Instead of frequent injections, you change an infusion set every few days.
- Easier dosing: in the MiniMed Veo, the built-in Bolus Wizard® Calculator feature helps to ensure accurate dosing by taking into account any insulin already in the body, the current glucose levels, carbohydrate intake and personal insulin settings to determine the right dose you need.
- Fewer injections: precise amounts of rapid acting insulin are delivered throughout the day by the infusion set which is easily removed and replaced every 2 to 3 days
- Greater flexibility: the MiniMed® Veo™ can be instantly adjusted to allow for exercise, during sick days or to deliver small boluses to cover meals and snacks. This can be easily done with a touch of a button, rather than with an injection. There is even a temporary basal rate option to proportionally reduce or increase the basal insulin rate, an option that can be used during exercise or during a sick day, for example.
- More convenience: the MiniMed® Veo™ offers the additional convenience of a wirelessly connected blood glucose meter. This meter automatically sends blood glucose values to the pump, allowing more accurate Bolus Wizard® calculations. It also stores this information in a digital logbook along with insulin doses.
Is an insulin pump right for you?
- Difficulty in managing highs and lows
- Fear of hypoglycemia, especially at night
- Outside targeted HbA1c levels
- Reduced hypoglycemia awareness
- Concerns about long-term complications
- Seeking more flexibility in everyday life
How does an insulin pump work?
An insulin pump delivers precise doses of rapid-acting insulin to closely match your body’s needs:
- Basal rate: Small amounts of insulin delivered continuously (24/7) for normal functions of the body (not including food). The programmed rate is determined by your healthcare professional.
- Bolus dose: Additional insulin you can deliver “on demand” to match the food you are going to eat or to correct a high blood sugar. The MiniMed Veo has a Bolus Wizard calculator that helps you calculate your bolus amount based on settings that are determined by your healthcare professional.
How does the insulin get into your body ?
A tiny tube goes from the pump to an even smaller tube that sits just underneath your skin. This is called an 'Infusion set'. You can easily disconnect and reconnect your body from the tubing whenever you want to for up to an hour at a time.
Components of an Insulin Pump
1. Insulin Pump
A small durable device that has:
- Buttons to program your insulin delivery
A plastic cartridge that holds the insulin that is securely placed into the insulin pump. There are two reservoir sizes available depending on your insulin needs. The reservoir is changed every two to three days when you change the infusion set. The MiniMed® reservoirs have been designed to make filling a convenient process.
3. Infusion Set
An infusion set includes a tiny tube that goes from the reservoir to the infusion site on your body. The cannula is inserted with a small needle that is removed after it is in place. The infusion set is changed every two to three days. MiniMed infusion sets are available in a wide range of features (cannula type, length and insertion angle) so that you can choose the right infusion set for you.
4. Infusion Set Insertion Device
An infusion set is placed into the insertion device and with a simple push of a button the infusion set is inserted quickly and easily.
- 1 The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med. 1993;329(14):977-986.
- 2 The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) Study Research Group. Intensive diabetes treatment and cardiovascular disease in patients with type 1 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2005;353(25):2643-2653.
- 3 Danne T, Kordonouri O, Holder M, et al. Prevention of Hypoglycemia by Using Low Glucose Suspend Function in Sensor-Augmented Pump Therapy. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2011;13(11):1-6.