This book, published in 2008, is written primarily for UK health professionals, but it is also deliberately written in a jargon-free, straightforward style to make it understandable for anyone. It provides comprehensive information on pumps and pump use across a multitude of different situations. If you want to use pumps in your diabetes team, or if you are a pump user that wants to know more to help you in complex management situations, this book is for you.
Chapter by chapter, it provides:
- What pump therapy is and national guidance on pump use.
- The advantages and disadvantages of pump therapy.
- Real-life experiences of pump users.
- General insulin pump features and infusion sets.
- How to set up an insulin pump service.
- Assessing suitability for an insulin pump.
- Matching insulin doses to carbohydrate intake.
- Using an empowerment approach to pump education.
- How to initiate pump therapy.
- Setting and adjusting insulin pump doses.
- Gaining good control of blood glucose levels.
- Day-to-day aspects of living with a pump.
- Using pumps for babies, children and teenagers.
- Using pumps in pregnancy.
- Complex management situations (illness, ketoacidosis, hospital admissions, renal failure, gastroparesis, cystic fibrosis).
Amazon review of Using Insulin Pumps in Diabetes', February 2009 by Dr Jeremy Fletcher (UK) :
"The title modestly proclaims it a guide for nurses and other HCPs, but I'm a diabetes consultant and, as someone new to insulin pump therapy, I learned a huge amount by reading it. The author takes the reader from an explanation of the physiological rationale for the insulin pump, through the practicalities of setting up a pump service, and patient selection, and on to detailed explanations of initiating and optimising therapy. The approach is very much UK-orientated (unlike much of the literature in this area, which has a US bias), and is up to date (with the sole exception of not incorporating the latest NICE guidance). I can heartily recommend this volume for any diabetes healthcare professional new to insulin pumping."