Insulin pumps use in the community continues to grow and therefore hospitals should plan to see more patients admitted wearing an insulin pump. Because of the nature of pump therapy, the safety of the infusion is in large part the patient or family's responsibility. Nurses as the frontline caregivers,are often found in a dilema how to handle these patient needs while hospitalized with a limited working knowledge of insulin pump therapy. Having a standardized order set and policy for insulin pumps inpatient usage will assist the nurse in her role to provide safe patient care as well as allow the patient to continue the best treatment for their diabetes.
Patient Education Specialist, Shore Health System