Frequently Asked Questions – Insulin Pumps

How are insulin pumps different from injections?

Insulin that is delivered by injections is usually long-acting insulin. This long-acting insulin is generally absorbed at a rate that is often difficult to predict. Insulin pumps use fast-acting insulin, which may have greater predictability than long-acting insulin.1 In addition, insulin pumps deliver insulin in microdrops that are continuous and can be varied throughout the day to meet your individual needs.

How long does it take to get used to wearing an insulin pump?

Everyone is different, and some people may get used to pump therapy more quickly than others. There may be times when you notice the pump more, for example when you shower or get dressed in the morning, or when you go to sleep at night.

Where do I insert the infusion set?

You can insert the infusion set on different parts of your body – on your stomach area, thigh, or arm. Your doctor will advise you as to the most appropriate area for you.

Will I be able to feel the insertion site?

You may be able to feel the insertion site when you first start using your pump. After you get used to wearing your pump, you may forget about it until you need to change your infusion set.

Can I take a bath or swim with my insulin pump?

In general, your insulin pump should be protected from water. Some wearers remove the device while bathing. Others place their pump in a specially designed water-proof bag that they hang around their neck. You can easily disconnect the tubing to bathe, shower, or swim for up to one hour before you need to reconnect.

What happens if my insulin pump breaks?

If you think there is an issue with your pump, you should contact your doctor or your pump help line immediately.

How do I pay for my insulin pump?

There are different payment programs for private health patients, and public patients. Medtronic is also affiliated with a loan pump program and an insulin pump grant program. Medtronic also provides information for planning for your ongoing insulin pump cost.

Does Medtronic Provide any Insulin Pump Training?

Yes! Medtronic provides diabetes pump training in a series of interactive trainings called myLearning.


  1. Doyle E. A. et al. A Randomized, Prospective Trial Comparing the Efficacy of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion with Multiple Daily Injections Using Insulin Glargine. Diabetes Care 2004; 27 1554 - 1558

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 8 Oct 2012

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