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Bolus calculator in personal insulin pumps — advantages, differences and practical tips

Urszula Frąckowiak, Andrzej Gawrecki, Aleksandra Araszkiewicz, Anna Adamska, Magdalena Michalak, Dorota Zozulińska-Ziółkiewicz
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Clinical Diabetology 2020;9(4):253-258.

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Vol 9, No 4 (2020)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2020-08-25

Abstract

The widespread use of personal insulin pumps in the treatment of type 1 diabetes has significantly improved the effects of therapy. Patients achieved better metabolic control of diabetes, but also increased comfort of life and professional opportunities. One of the func­tions that increased the effectiveness of insulin therapy using a personal insulin pump is the bolus calculator. The bolus calculator function allows the user to dose their insulin more accurately before meals and to correct hyperglycaemia. The bolus calculator algorithms in insulin pumps of individual manufacturers differ in the way they calculate the correction dose and the amount of so-called active insulin. Consequently, with the same treatment parameters, individual bolus calculators may offer a different dose of insulin. Understanding the principles of the bolus calculator by therapeutic team members and patients is very important for proper diabetes education and diabetes management.

Abstract

The widespread use of personal insulin pumps in the treatment of type 1 diabetes has significantly improved the effects of therapy. Patients achieved better metabolic control of diabetes, but also increased comfort of life and professional opportunities. One of the func­tions that increased the effectiveness of insulin therapy using a personal insulin pump is the bolus calculator. The bolus calculator function allows the user to dose their insulin more accurately before meals and to correct hyperglycaemia. The bolus calculator algorithms in insulin pumps of individual manufacturers differ in the way they calculate the correction dose and the amount of so-called active insulin. Consequently, with the same treatment parameters, individual bolus calculators may offer a different dose of insulin. Understanding the principles of the bolus calculator by therapeutic team members and patients is very important for proper diabetes education and diabetes management.

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Keywords

type 1 diabetes, personal insulin pump, bolus calculator, active insulin

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Title

Bolus calculator in personal insulin pumps — advantages, differences and practical tips

Journal

Clinical Diabetology

Issue

Vol 9, No 4 (2020)

Pages

253-258

Published online

2020-08-25

DOI

10.5603/DK.2020.0028

Bibliographic record

Clinical Diabetology 2020;9(4):253-258.

Keywords

type 1 diabetes
personal insulin pump
bolus calculator
active insulin

Authors

Urszula Frąckowiak
Andrzej Gawrecki
Aleksandra Araszkiewicz
Anna Adamska
Magdalena Michalak
Dorota Zozulińska-Ziółkiewicz

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