Medical tests and procedures can be stressful for anyone. Pumpers may find themselves with the additional worry of what to do with their pump. Some tests or procedures could harm your pump. In some cases the infusion set may get in the way. Read the tips below to find out exactly how to prepare for your upcoming test or procedure.
There are precautions you must take not only to protect your pump during imaging studies, but also to ensure the quality of your images.
You may or may not be permitted to use your pump during surgery. Please consult your medical team prior to the procedure.
If your medical team permits the pump during surgery, be sure your infusion site is away from the area being operated. For example, if you’re having abdominal surgery, the infusion site will need to go somewhere else, like the chest, arm, leg, etc.
If your medical team does not allow the pump to be worn during surgery, it will need to be disconnected and suspended before you are moved into the operating room. You may have to remove the battery if the procedure and recovery are expected to be long.
Ideally, you would leave your pump with a trusted loved one or friend who can keep it safe and return it once you are permitted to reconnect. If your friend/loved one is not available to take your pump, the O.R. staff may place it in a belongings bag or bio hazard bag. This is not ideal, as it gets hard to keep track of after that. As you’re passed from O.R. to recovery, as nurses change, or as you’re moved to a room, the more you move, the more hands your pump has to pass through, and the more chances it will get lost. Recovering from surgery is stressful enough already and trying to ensure your pump is safe adds an additional layer of worry.
The best options are either to wear it during the surgery, or send it off with a friend/ loved one.
Important Safety Information: Omnipod® Insulin Management System. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.myomnipod.com/safety.