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[IPk] Bad pump propaganda

There was a letter in this week's BMJ in response to Pickup's article a
month or so ago
Basically it states that the fact that pumps are being advocated even for a
small proportion of people, is worrying. Claims that risk of DKA is
understated and highlights the fact that there was a death in the 1980s from
DKA ( doesn't give the full facts here re pateint selection and education
and any co morbidity).Also states that doctors should not be persuaded to "
dabble" in pump therapy by patients or pressure groups.
see http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7314/693/9
 I'm going to get the full references out of the library
It is also mentioned that  pump therapy is extremely costly in terms of
patient and doctor time! I think this is a case of " can't be bothered and
don't want responsibility", forgetting that pump users usually take
responsibility for themselves
Personally I think the death must have been a case of poor education/
motivation, or exceptional circumstamces, or medical personnel not realising
the gravity of the situation ( ie waiting in casualty for several hours)
The implications are quite worrying if too many professionals take this
article too seriously. I'm now very grateful for my consultant letting me
start pump therapy without having to wait for an appointment at a
"specialist centre" and withdraw any previous critisism of him !
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