Insulin Pump Therapy
Insulin Pump Therapy
Bringing you the most advanced technologies for diabetes management.
GEMCO Medical carries insulin pumps and all related supplies, including infusion sets, reservoir syringes and cartridges, batteries, prep wipes, tape, and liquid adhesive. We understand that one pump doesn’t work for everyone, which is why we provide a range of products to choose from. Currently GEMCO Medical offers top brands including: Medtronic, Tandem, Omnipod, and V-Go.
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An insulin pump is a small computerized device used to give a patient a constant drip of insulin. It delivers insulin through a thin tube that goes under the skin. The pump is about the size of a smartphone. It is attached to the body using an infusion set: thin plastic tubing and either a needle or a small tapered tube called a cannula put under the skin.
An insulin pump mimics what a normal pancreas would do and is programmed to meet each patients individual needs.
The device releases insulin almost the way your body naturally would: a steady flow throughout the day and night, called basal insulin, and an extra dose at mealtime, called a bolus, to handle rising blood sugar from the food you eat.
You program the pump for both basal and bolus doses. If you eat more than normal, you can program a larger bolus to cover the carbs in your food. A bolus can bring down high blood sugar at other times, too.
- Requires fewer needle sticks. A pump requires one shot every few days when you change your infusion set.
- A pump is more accurate than shots, helping better manage blood sugar levels.
- Patients experience fewer blood sugar lows, which is important if they often have hypoglycemia.
- It may improve A1c levels.
- Dosing for meals and snacks is easier.
- It’s easier to plan for exercise.
- It’s easier to bolus.
- It helps manage early morning high blood sugar, also called the “dawn phenomenon.”
Many insurances, including Medicare cover insulin pumps. Patients must meet certain criteria to qualify. Speak with a GEMCO Medical representative about the requirements and ask about our Insulin Pump & CGM Product Guide with Billing Overview.