Insulin Pump In-Hospital Therapy

Information for Patients


If the insulin pump stops, basal insulin must be replaced within two hours to prevent Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).
(See Safer Practice Notice)

With growing insulin pump use, healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency settings will see an increasing numbers of individuals on insulin pump therapy.

These guidelines have been developed to assist providers, including non-diabetes specialists, in caring for patients with insulin pumps safely and effectively during procedures and hospital encounters.

People living with diabetes are taught to self manage their:

  • insulin doses
  • food intake
  • activity

These individuals, including those on insulin pump therapy, are experts in their day to day health and should be supported in continuing the use of the insulin pump when appropriate, to safely achieve recommended glycemic targets.

With this in mind, this website has been created so:

  • providers can easily access the provincial guidelines
  • patients can advocate for safe use of insulin pump therapy in hospital

patient with insulin pump

Insulin Pump Technology Vendors

  • Accu-Chek Combo (no longer available for purchase in Alberta since January 2016)
  • Animas (no longer available to purchase in Canada since May 2018)
  • Medtronic
  • OmniPod
  • Tandem
  • Ypsomed