Pumping Insulin during Water Activities and more

Insulin pumps are designed to be able to comfortably withstand temporary exposure to water. This means that if you get splashed or your insulin pump drops into the sink when washing, it shouldn’t malfunction if it’s dried quickly with a towel. Some pumps have been designed specifically with greater waterproof protection in mind and have been tested to confirm their waterproof capabilities.

If you are planning to go for a short swim, you may simply disconnect your pump and enjoy the water. Doing so is the best way to avoid risk of any water damage to your pump. You may make up the basal insulin you normally would get as a bolus when you reconnect your pump. For example, if you are disconnected for 1 hour and your basal rate during that hour is 1U per hour, simply give yourself 1 U as a bolus. However, if you are fairly active during the hour you disconnected, you likely don’t need to make up that basal dose- in fact you may need a snack to compensate for the activity. It's recommended to test your blood glucose before and after your activity. Speak to your diabetes healthcare provider for further instructions.

Which insulin pumps are waterproof?

Insulin pumps need to be waterproof to some degree but some have been shown to be more waterproof than others.

Animas Pumps are waterproof for up to 24 hours at 3.6 meters however battery caps should be changed every 6 months. If you are a frequent swimmer or work in a dusty environment, you should change your battery cap every 3 months.

Animas Battery Cap

Animas Battery Cap

SKU: A100-158-01 https://www.diabetesdepot.org/diabetes/animas-battery-cap.html

Accu-Chek Combo Insulin Pumps are rated as water tight so they are protected against the effects of temporary immersion in water for up to 60 minutes at a depth of 8 feet. It is very important to replace the battery cap every 2 months to prevent water leakage.
https://www.diabetesdepot.org/diabetes/accu-chek-spirit-battery-cover-kit.html

Medtronic Paradigm Insulin Pumps are NOT waterproof and must be protected from water damage. For more information about the water resistant rating of Medtronic Pumps see
http://www.medtronic-diabetes-me.com/8784.html

Aquapac Insulin Pump Case may be used to protect any insulin pump from water damage.
https://www.diabetesdepot.org/diabetes/aquapac-insulin-pump-case.html

Delicate Insulin Pumps and water don't often mix well, so this case allows the user to bathe, go boating or enjoy water sports with peace of mind.

Protected against temporary immersion - The case will withstand immersion for up to 5 seconds to a depth of 3 feet/1 metre.

Refer to Aquapac's manufacturer site:
http://store.aquapac.net/waterproof-rating.html

Aquapac Insulin Pump Case

Features:

Protects from dust, dirt and sand
Supplied with a belt, or feed your own belt through the case
It will float if you drop it in the water
The seams are high-frequency welded to form a super-strong bond
The Aquaclip® (a patented, ultra-secure, rustproof, injection-molded plastic seal) opens and closes with a simple twist of two levers, and everything stays in one piece even when open
The case comes with an adjustable belt & works with the majority of Insulin Pumps.

Sharps while travelling

Wondering how to handle your sharps while travelling? Save your empty test strip containers and use them as a temporary sharps container. When you get home just transfer them into your regular sharps container. In a pinch you can use an empty can of soda pop with tape over the opening.

FRIO Insulin Cooling Wallets

Black FRIO Insulin Cooling Wallet Blue FRIO Insulin Cooling Wallet 

https://www.diabetesdepot.org/diabetes/catalogsearch/result?q=Frio

No more messy ice bags. No more worries about refrigeration. Simply activate it with water and it keeps insulin cool for up to 48 hours. Re-usable and available in a variety of sizes to accommodate insulin vials, pens and insulin pumps.