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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 · Moderator
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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

    Jack2311 · Newbie

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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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