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September 18, 2000

Insulin Pumps

Question from St. James, New York, USA:

Are there orientation sessions for the pump? If so, how long do they last? Is it possible for the pump to be taught to a camp nurse in 20 minutes? Is a camper who is six years old and on the pump for only one month a safe day camp candidate?

Answer:

He is certainly a safe camper –especially at a day camp. The pump companies have excellent videos that can assist you. In addition, this child’s parents should instruct you as to what needs to be done while at camp.

There is really very little that you need to know. Most often, the pump should not be a problem. Many children this age are wearing pumps and are successful at all they do. It can be frightening at first, but is extremely safe and relatively easy to use.

SS