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[IP] Re: Camps and Pumps

Regarding a recent thread about children who are pumpers and who desire to
attend a diabetes camp, I have taken an excerpt from the American Diabetes
Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations 2000.  It is a position
statement entitled Management of Diabetes at Diabetes Camps.  It is quoted

"Increasingly, children manage their diabetes with an insulin infusion pump.
The camp medical director and other appropriate medical staff should be
familiar with the programming of insulin pumps, replacement of insulin
infusion catheters, and adjustment of insulin dosing using continuous
insulin infusion therapy.  The medical staff should ensure that adequate
pump supplies, including extra batteries, are available for the duration of

"WRITTEN CAMP MANAGEMENT PLAN - A written plan that includes camp policies
and medical management procedures must be available at camp.  It should be
written or reviewed by the camp medical director in collaboration with
others, such as the camp program director, members of the camp oversight
and/or policy committees, local pediatric endocrinologists and diabetes
educators, etc

The written medical management plan should include information about:
General diabetes management; Insulin injections/pump therapy and blood
glucose monitoring; ......"

It only states the obvious but, FWIW, this statement may be of use in the
future when confronted with camp personnel reluctant to deal with children
using a pump.

John Kinsley
email @ redacted
Type 1 since 1956
MM 507 since 6/9/98

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