Reviewed by: the ADCES Professional Practice Committee
Acknowledgements: Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CPT; Karen M. Bolderman, RD, LDN, CDE; Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE; Claire M. Blum, MS Ed, RN, CDE; Gwen Klinkner, MS, RN, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE; Janet Mertz, MS, RD, LD, CDE. Revisions: January 2018: Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE, Diane Battaglia, RN, CDE, Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CPT. Revisions: March 2021: Carla Cox, PhD, RDN, CDCES, CPT
Assessment of the PWD is important in ensuring success with pump therapy. The diabetes care and education specialist must evaluate the physical and psychological readiness of each pump candidate to assume the responsibilities and challenges of pump therapy.
There are a number of clinical and lifestyle indicators and desired attributes that should be considered when performing a thorough assessment of whether a person is an appropriate candidate for insulin pump therapy. Some private insurance providers and all government-based insurers require additional documentation, such as a specific fasting blood glucose and C-peptide levels or antibody results.5
Although these attributes are desired, they are not “requirements” for pump use. Diabetes care and education specialists are uniquely qualified to assist individuals in overcoming limitations or deficits to achieve optimal outcomes.
Regular assessments should be done to evaluate changes in a PWD’s clinical condition, motivation, abilities, and life circumstances that may necessitate the need to reconsider appropriateness of pump therapy.
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