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Insulin Pump Training

Patients starting insulin pump therapy take the following series of educational offerings in the order described below: Pump Assessment, Foundations of Pump Therapy and Pump Start.

(Not quite ready to start? Consider "Insulin Pumping: Is it right for you?", a class that will help you review all your pump therapy options.)

Pump Assessment

Pump Assessment consists of a 30-minute appointment with one of our CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) Pump Trainers. This one-on-one session evaluates your individual clinical and educational needs. We review what you can expect from pump therapy, evaluate your problem-solving style and determine any additional education you may need in basic diabetes knowledge and the technical skills required to operate an insulin pump.

Foundations of Pump Therapy

This four-hour, small-group class teaches you the techniques to manage and troubleshoot your diabetes with an insulin pump. To attend this class you must first complete Pump Assessment. You must also be using advanced carbohydrate counting skills to determine your insulin dose. And, because this class is taught using your own pump, you must have already ordered and received your insulin pump by the time the class starts.

Foundations of Pump Therapy covers practical information, such as where to wear the pump, temporary pump removal guidelines, pump mechanics and programming your particular pump. You will learn how to troubleshoot hypo and hyperglycemia, how to care for infusion sites, and how to prevent, diagnose and fix pump problems. The class also includes physical activity guidelines, sick-day management and a review of advanced carbohydrate counting. Classes are available on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m.

Pump Start

Pump Start is a series of one-on-one or group sessions with a Joslin Pump Trainer who works with you to facilitate successful pump therapy. These appointments include starting the pump with saline for about one week and then making the transition to insulin in the pump the following week. There are two follow-up visits after you begin wearing the pump, along with nutrition education and exercise fine-tuning. Foundations of Pump Therapy is a prerequisite for this part of the pump program.

Page last updated: November 25, 2015