Tandem pumps are essential for individuals with diabetes who require insulin. These innovative devices deliver accurate doses of insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels. However, there may be times when you need to turn off the tandem pump. Here, we will provide simple and quick ways on how to turn off tandem pump.
When Will You Need To Turn Off Your Tandem Pump?
There are different reasons why you might need to turn off your tandem pump:
- Maintenance purposes
- Switching between infusion sites
- Changing cartridges or reservoirs
- When swimming or taking a bath
Turning off your pump is very easy and takes a few seconds. Here are some methods that can guide you:
Using The Power Button
The most straightforward way to turn off your tandem pump is by using the power button located at the top of the device. Press and hold down the power button for about 3 seconds until it switches off completely.
Pro tip: It’s important to ensure that your screen is displaying “Pump Disconnected” before switching it off completely.
Disabling Temporary Basal Rates
If you have enabled temporary basal rates on your tandem pump, then disabling them can switch it off quickly too. Follow these steps:
- Go to “Options” on the main menu
- Select “Basal Setup”
- Click on “Temporary Basal”
- Choose “Disable Temp Basal”
Once done, check if the message “Pump Disconnected” appears before detaching from yourself completely.
Disconnecting From Infusion Site
Another way of turning off your tandem pump involves disconnecting from an existing infusion site . You’ll need a few pieces of equipment such as alcohol pads and protective caps for this method:
1) Clean injection site with alcohol pad.
2)Remove the protective cap from your infusion set’s luer lock.
3)Apply force in pulling out the cannula slowly.
4)Insert a new infusion site
5)Connect to a new reservoir/cartridge as required by pressing any button on-screen.
Ensure that you’ve inserted a new reservoir before attempting to turn it back on using the Power button.
Pro tip: Remember not to disconnect from an existing kit without having another one ready beforehand!
Q: Is it essential to switch off my Tandem pump when taking a bath?
A: It is not necessary, but you need disengage from Active Insulin Delivery and observe safety precautions during swimming or bathing.
Q: Can I immediately switch my tandem pump back on after turning it off?
A: Yes, simply press and hold the power button for around 2-3 seconds until you notice vibrations & see “Pump Starting” message on screen.
Turning off your tandem pump can be very quick and straightforward. Whether for maintenance purposes, switching between infusion sites or changing reservoirs, these simple techniques will help achieve our goal effortlessly. If anything goes wrong, consult with professionals who understand diabetes management principles correctly. Happy pumping!