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Re: [IP] Split Bolus
> Sylvia - I don't remember which pump you have but I remember you saying
> you wanted an animas pump next time for Josh. Then he could do one of two
> things: give half of the bolus right away and the other half right away
> "extended bolus" over time so he wouldn't forget the other half; or he
> do half right away and on the animas there is a feature called "Auto Off
> Auto On" and if you turn it On then you can set it for time increments
> minutes to as long as needed; but what is does is if you don't touch your
> in the set time the pump beeps at you. So if he wanted to give the other
> of the bolus in one hour he could set the Auto-On for 60 minutes and then
> long as he didn't touch the pump in 60 minutes, then the pump would beep
> one hour and that would remind him to give the other half of the bolus.
The MM 508 has a similar feature. But I don't think I would use it that way.
The Auto-Off feature, as it was explained to me, is designed as a safety
feature. If you mistakenly manage to get a very low BG and knock yourself
out (while alone) with too large of a bolus (or some other issue), rather
than have the pump hold you at that low value with the basal insulin until
the cartridge is empty the pump will suspend the basal after the Auto-Off
time so that you have a better chance of recovering without assistance.
I see two problems with using the feature as suggested above. 1) You may
manage to defeat the intended safety feature and 2) if the auto-off feature
were to activate and you don't deal with it then the basal insulin will be
suspended - now rather than just missing half of a bolus you will also be
without basal insulin. You might be better off to consider using an extended
bolus or perhaps use another clock or watch with an alarm.
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