An insulin pump is a small, portable device that delivers a continuous supply of insulin. It is clipped to your belt or tucked inside your clothing. The pump holds a syringe filled with insulin, and is programmed to give small amounts of insulin continuously through an an infusion set. When you need extra insulin before meals or before a snack, you push the buttons on the pump to deliver the right amount of insulin to match the carbohydrates you eat. The infusion set is inserted under the skin and changed every 2 or 3 days.
What to consider if you are thinking about a pump:
Questions to ask yourself:
(Adults or Pediatrics)
|Cambridge Memorial Hospital||700 Coronation Blvd, Cambridge||Adults, Pediatrics||519.621.2333 ext.2345|
|Diabetes Care Guelph||83 Dawson Rd, Guelph||Adults||519.840.1964|
|Grand River Hospital||835 King St W, Kitchener||Adults||519.749.4300 ext.2622|
|Grand River Hospital (Pediatrics)||835 King St W, Kitchener||Pediatrics||519.749.4300 ext.3714|
|Groves Memorial Hospital||235 Union St E, Fergus||Adults||519.843.2010 ext.265|
|Guelph General Hospital||115 Delhi St, Geulph||Pediatrics||519.837.6440 ext.2784|
|Louise Marshall Hospital||525 Dublin St, Mount Forest||Adults||519.323.3333 ext.2336|
|Palmerston and District Hospital||500 Whites Rd, Palmerston||Adults||519.343.2030 ext.315|
|Company Name||Insulin Pump||Website||Phone Number|
|Animas||One Touch Ping||www.animas.ca||1-866-424-6779|
|Glaxo Smith Kline||Omnipod||www.myomnipod.ca||1-855-763-4636|
|Roche Insulin Delivery Systems||Accu-Chek Combo||www.accu-chekinsulinpumps.com||1-866-382-2355|
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) provides funding to support you with an insulin pump. If you meet the eligibility criteria for a pump, 100% of the price of your pump is covered and paid directly to the supplier. You will also receive a $2400 grant paid to you 4 times/year to help cover the cost of your supplies. You must attend one of the ADP approved Diabetes Education Programs. For a referral to a program near you, click here.
For more information on the ADP program for insulin pumps, please click here
It is important that you attend all the appointments with your Diabetes Education Centre. There is a lot to learn with an insulin pump. The more effort you put in to learning, the more success you will have with your insulin pump. Both your diabetes educator and the insulin pump company will provide you with reading materials. The following manual is an additional resource for you to support you with managing your diabetes with an insulin pump. Click here
The Kitchener Insulin Pumpers are an active support group within the region. The group is designed for anyone using or interested in using an insulin pump. They meet on the last Tuesday of every month from September to May (but not in March). Kitchener Insulin Pumpers work collaboratively for information, support, discussion and connection around life with an insulin pump. For more information, click here.