What to Know About Insulin Patch Pumps

Insulin patch pumps are a newer type of insulin delivery system that is becoming increasingly popular. They are small, lightweight, and tubeless, making them more discreet and comfortable to wear than traditional insulin pumps.

Insulin patch pumps work by delivering insulin directly under the skin through a small cannula. The pump is programmed to deliver a set amount of insulin throughout the day and night, and it can also be used to deliver bolus doses for meals and high blood sugar levels.

Insulin patch pumps offer a number of advantages over traditional insulin pumps, including:

  • Convenience: Insulin patch pumps are tubeless and lightweight, making them more convenient to wear and less likely to get in the way of everyday activities.
  • Discreetness: Insulin patch pumps are small and can be worn under clothing, making them more discreet than traditional insulin pumps.
  • Ease of use: Insulin patch pumps are relatively easy to use, even for people with limited technical experience.

However, there are also some potential disadvantages to using insulin patch pumps, including:

  • Cost: Insulin patch pumps can be more expensive than traditional insulin pumps.
  • Insurance coverage: Insulin patch pumps may not be covered by all insurance plans.
  • Cannula insertion: The cannula that delivers insulin from the patch pump must be inserted into the skin every few days. This can be uncomfortable for some people.

Overall, insulin patch pumps are a convenient and discreet way to deliver insulin. However, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding if an insulin patch pump is right for you.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering using an insulin patch pump:

  • Talk to your doctor about whether an insulin patch pump is right for you.
  • Be sure to understand the cost of the insulin patch pump and whether it is covered by your insurance plan.
  • Learn how to use the insulin patch pump properly.
  • Be prepared to insert the cannula into your skin every few days.

If you have any questions or concerns about insulin patch pumps, talk to your doctor or diabetes educator.