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Fire Service and pumps.

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by Jack2311, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Jack2311

    Jack2311 · Newbie

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    Hi, this is my first post here although I have been diagnosed with T1 diabetes for quite a few years now. I am currently on multiple injections but my HbA1C has gradually increased ( mainly due to DP and insulin resistance ) to 70.
    My nurse suggested a pump which has been approved. I should be getting one ( not sure what one ) in a few months time.
    My concern is that I am a whole time firefighter and wondered if there are any fire service personnel here who use a pump ? If so, is there a certain make that is ok in a fire situation ? What are the negatives ? What should I do ? Lastly, what pump would you recommend ( I need one that can cope with fairly high doses due to insulin resistance ).
    Many thanks in advance.
    Jack :)
     
  2. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Expert
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    Hi Jack,
    Not sure about fire service but we have a paramedic on a pump as a member.
    As for type you’ll need to talk to your team because not all pumps are supported across the different CCGs.
     
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    Jack2311 · Newbie

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    Thanks for reply Diakat. I am unsure what pumps will be on offer as yet. I asked for a rough estimate on wait time and was told Spring.
    If anyone has any experience of pumps and extreme heat etc I would be grateful to hear from you.
    Thanks again :)
     
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    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello, that’s a tricky one because insulin won’t survive in extreme heat and it could potentially damage your pump. I guess you’ll have to ask your team where they stand on you using a pump with a dangerous temperature for insulin and pump.
     
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    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have the Medtronic 670G and from reading the guide, I should avoid exposing my pump in extreme temperatures below 5° and above 40°. So that’s something for you to think about.
     
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    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You might want to find out what they offer sooner rather than later, I've just been trying to get a pump and found out that my hospital offer one pump (ie. no choice) and if you want a different one you need a very good reason and it'll take a lot longer as they need to put in an Individual Funding Request (that's the bit that will take the time - 5-6 months apparently)
     
  7. Jack2311

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    Thanks for all your helpful replies. I will enquire what pumps are available and take it from there.
     
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    ronialive Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jack, you can get grip bags to go over pump and keep it cool. I would suggest that would be essential. My concern would be the cannula and tubing melting
     
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    It's amazing how you work as a firefighter when you have diabetes? Why am I so surprised? When I wanted to become a firefighter in WA, then I had strict health checks. And when the fire service hired me, every couple of years, my health was thoroughly checked, and if it turned out that someone from the team had health problems, he was fired. After all, it's not safe, at any moment you can get sick! And suddenly, when you get sick, you will be putting out a fire at this moment, and you will simply lose consciousness because of a large amount of carbon dioxide. After all, your body is weakened!
     
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