As the weather gets warmer we wanted to be sure to remind you that Tandem insulin pumps have some great features that will help protect you from the elements!
Tandem insulin pumps are the only pumps with a temperature sensor that will warn you when the temperature inside the pump has reached a level that may have compromised the insulin in the cartridge.
Here are some key points about this feature:
- If your pump detects a temperature outside of the normal operating range – below 35˚F (2˚C) or above 113˚F (45˚C) – the Temperature Alarm occurs, protecting you from continuing to deliver insulin that may have lost its potency.
- The alarm will sound and insulin delivery will be stopped. At this point, please consult your insulin manufacturer for advice.
- When the alarm sounds, the pump needs to be removed from the heat source before insulin delivery can be resumed. You should replace the cartridge and insulin as soon as possible.
- This feature was designed to protect you from receiving affected insulin. Your Tandem Pump hardware has been tested to operate in a wide range of temperatures from -4°F to 140°F so even when the temperature alarm is triggered, your pump is not in danger.
Tandem pumps are watertight (IPX 7), tested to a depth of three feet for up to 30 minutes. Users can have peace of mind knowing that their pump is safe in the event of accidental submersion. However, we do not recommend users shower, bathe or swim with their pump.
When you disconnect be sure to place it in a secure, cool area.
Additional reading: Learn more about how to protect your gear as weather gets colder in this post on the Tandem blog.
From time to time, we may pass along: suggestions, tips, or information about other Tandem Insulin Pump user experiences or approaches to the management of diabetes. However, please note individual symptoms, situations, circumstances and results may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified health care provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment. Please read the Important Safety Information linked below before using a Tandem Diabetes Care product.