Pump occlusion alarms

Most insulin pump users are familiar with the dreaded occlusion alarm. At the simplest level it tells us that this cannula is occluded and needs to be replaced. But it’s not always that straightforward. So let’s dive in an explore the mysteries behind the alarm. Detecting an occlusion The pump usually has a force sensor …

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Have I cooked my insulin?

We’re getting well into Summer here in Australia, and the question of how to keep our insulin safe in the heat keeps coming up. All the manufacturers will tell us are the storage requirements listed in the official drug approvals. Legally they would find it hard to recommend anything outside that without first going through …

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My Apidra experience

Here in Australia we have three fast-acting insulins available, although it seems many people are only aware of two. Humalog (insulin lispro) from Lilly, NovoRapid (insulin aspart) from Novo (called NovoLog in some parts of the world),¬†and Apidra (insulin glulisine) from Sanofi. These are used for meal-time boluses and corrections by people using injections (MDI), …

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