Diabetes Forecast

Tips About Insulin Pump Time Settings

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Quick tips that can prevent insulin-dosing errors: Make sure your insulin pump’s clock is set correctly—including the a.m. and p.m. setting—and always update your pump for daylight-saving time or when traveling across time zones. Doing so is important if your pump is programmed with varying basal rates and insulin-to-carb settings for different times of the day. A wrong time setting could mean receiving an inaccurate insulin dose. What’s more, your health care provider can’t accurately interpret your glucose data if the time stamp is incorrect. And don’t forget to fix the date for leap years. The next leap day is Feb. 29, 2016.
Source: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, published online July 2, 2014



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