Insulin Pump Therapy in Hospital

Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical NetworkTM


If the insulin pump stops, must replace basal insulin within 2 hours to prevent Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). (see Safer Practice Notice)

Insulin Pump Therapy (IPT) is one option for individuals living with diabetes to self-administer and manage their insulin. The use of insulin pump therapy in the community setting is growing; health care providers in hospital and emergency settings will see increasing numbers of individuals using insulin pump therapy.

Evidence-based provincial guidelines for IPT have been created, and include guidance for self-management of IPT in hospital when appropriate, guidelines for clinicians caring for patients with diabetes, provincial forms and directions for different clinical scenarios.

The DON SCN IPT Working Group created these guidelines to support:

  • providers (including non-diabetes specialists) in caring for patients with insulin pumps safely and effectively during procedures and hospital encounters
  • patients in continuing to use their insulin pumps in hospitals across Alberta, where safe and appropriate
  • patients and families to advocate for self-management
  • hospital healthcare teams in knowing how to transition patients to alternate insulin therapy, when the patient is unable to self-manage with their insulin pump

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