Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and its main function is to regulate a person’s fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Sometimes the insulin is unable to work properly if the person had developed a condition known as insulin resistance. The therapy for this condition is to introduce extra insulin into the patient’s metabolic system. The additional insulin is usually administered intravenously. An insulin pump is fitted using a cannula and worn on a belt around the waist. A quality pump can be purchased for around $5000.
Insulin Pump Therapy
One method of intravenous administration is insulin pump therapy. The pump replaces the need for daily hypodermic injections. An insulin pump also monitors and offers a more stable maintenance of the patient’s insulin levels. This can help in preventing the patient suffering from the effects of insulin levels that are too high or too low.
Insulin resistance is the medical term given to a condition involving a person’s metabolic system not being able to process sugars in a satisfactory way due to a problem between the hormone insulin and the receiving cells. This may lead to the pancreas producing increased levels of insulin which can have further long term implications on the patient’s health. Additional insulin can also be introduced to the patient by way of a pump worn externally.
Insulin pumps are one of a number of options relating to intravenous delivery of insulin. The type of device used will depend on the patient’s age, general health and severity of their underlying condition. Needles and injection pens are still widely used as acceptable devices that deliver a predetermined dose as needed according to the patient’s monitoring. Pumps are fitted to the patient using a tube and cannula and can be set to monitor levels and deliver the required amount of insulin automatically. Jet injectors are a less common device.
Insulin Pump Belts
Insulin pumps are worn on the outside of the patient’s body and are usually connected to a cannula which allows the insulin to be administered to the patient. The cannula is usually located in the stomach or buttocks. To allow easy access to the pump it is usually attached to a belt which the patient wears around their waist.