Ask HRC: Deciding to Allow Patient-Owned Insulin Pumps

January 24, 2014 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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An HRCmember recently inquired about factors to consider when evaluating patients' requests to use their own insulin pumps while they are inpatients. Our response refers to the HRC Risk Analysis Patient-Supplied Equipment, which discusses use of patient-owned insulin pumps in some depth.

Ultimately, if there is strong clinical support for use of these devices and certain factors have been assessed, they can be permitted, but only after issues have been considered and measures are put in place to allow safe use. Insulin pumps are among the patient-owned...

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