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Commonsense Tips for Safe Pumping

 1. Before starting to use an insulin pump, make sure you are thoroughly trained by a qualified diabetes educator or other health professional

 2. Always check your blood sugar level one to three hours after inserting a new cannula and visually inspect the infusion site to make sure everything is working right.

 3. Don’t insert a new cannula right before bedtime. If something were wrong, you wouldn’t know it until morning.

 4. Always be alert to the possibility of an "occlusion" (blockage), which can occur with any insulin pump and infusion set. If your blood sugar level becomes unexplainably high, check for clogs or leaks. If any doubt change and reinsert your infusion set. Then check your blood sugar again after that to make sure you’ve corrected the problem.

 5. Always have a "back up" source of fast acting insulin close at hand, and insulin pen or a vial and a syringe.

 6. If you feel nausea, bodily discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, strong thirst, apathy or tiredness, test your urine or your blood for ketones.
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