Type 1 Diabetes: Insulin Pump Therapy

3 tips to extend battery life in your insulin pump.

If the message “Battery Low” is displayed on the insulin pump, it means that the battery level is less than 10%. In such a case, before going to bed, open the battery compartment with a coin, remove the lithium battery and replace it.

One day, I woke up in the middle of the night remembering that I had forgotten to measure my blood glucose levels before bed. I tried to turn on the backlight on the pump so I could see the meter screen in the dark , but it didn’t work. When I turned on the lamp, it turned out that before going to bed I inserted a completely empty battery into the pump. Based on this experience, as well as the experience of replacing batteries in an insulin pump for almost 10 years, I have accumulated a few tips:

After you insert the batteries into the pump, be sure to check that the pump is working…

  1. For the MINIMED® 640G insulin pump, use AA batteries (1.5V), preferably AA lithium batteries. For your MINIMED® VEO™ insulin pump, use an AAA alkaline battery (the Energizer battery lasts the longest ). Do not use carbon/zinc battery.
  2. When changing the battery, open the battery compartment with a buckle or a coin – do not use sharp objects (such as a knife).
  3. Battery life is shortened by, among other things, backlight on, vibration for alerts, and high basal rate.
  4. Always carry a spare battery with you (e.g. for a blood glucose meter ), but do not expose it to extreme temperatures. During the cold season, do not expose the battery to cold.
  5. Most notifications and alarms regarding the battery do not require complex actions. For more specific alerts, see the Medtronic website or your insulin pump manual for detailed troubleshooting instructions.

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