A back-up insulin pump in your bag

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One of the reasons that we post on The LOOP is to educate our customers on the benefits and value added resources available to them. It seems like one topic that there's always an appetite to learn more about is travel! 

There are questions like:

Another travel topic you should be aware of is the Medtronic Travel Loaner Program. It seems that there is always room to talk about it and share the program details with those not familiar with it. 

So what is the Travel Loaner Program available to Medtronic customers in the U.S.? It's simple. Pay $50, and you can take a back-up insulin pump on your trip, and then return it when you get back home.

I used to wonder, what's the value in an extra insulin pump? The answer is simple. If anything were to go wrong and you were in a remote location where you couldn't get the help you needed, then you have a back-up insulin pump in your bag! If you're going to travel, all you have to do is fill out the Travel Loaner Agreement form at least two weeks before your trip to get your extra insulin pump in time before you leave. 

A new place can bring uncertainty over the healthcare, miscalculations with carbohydrates in new meals, and a big step out of your diabetes comfort zone. But one thing that doesn't have to happen is a headache or a fast heartbeat over an issue with your insulin pump. 

So do yourself a favor while you're planning your next big summertime adventure and check out the Travel Loaner Program. If you have any questions or need help filling out the form, call 1.800.646.4633, option 5 or leave us a comment!


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Submitted by Alan (not verified) on

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I am due to get a Veo shortly via the NHS in the UK.
However I regularly travel to the outer hebrides and other Scottish Islands where there's limited help and travel can be disrupted due to poor weather and not seen anything like this on the UK MM site? (I would usually just pack extra pens and insulin but the idea of a backup pump when I finally start pumping is appealing! )

Hello, yeah this post is in fact fastidious and I have learned lot of things from it about blogging. thanks.

Submitted by Nina (not verified) on

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I just want to know what do I do with my spare pump, can it go in the hold, along with all the other paraphernalia, apart from one set of everything in my carry on bag?

Submitted by Karrie Hawbaker (not verified) on

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Thanks for the question, Nina. We recommend packing your pump in your carry-on luggage. Make sure to remove it from your bag, before placing it on the x-ray belt.

Submitted by Nina (not verified) on

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Now I am totally confused, when I phoned Medtronic they suggested putting it in the hold baggage !!!

Submitted by Karrie Hawbaker (not verified) on

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I'm sorry for the confusion, Nina. I'll be sure to follow up with our teammates, but we do recommend packing your pump your carry-on and taking it out before you bags go through the x-ray machine. I hope this helps.

Submitted by t.turner (not verified) on

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do you do the pump loan in the uk?

Submitted by Nicole (not verified) on

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Hi t.turner. You've reached the US team, and we don't have information on this program outside the US. Your local team will have the best information and can be reached at rs.watdiabetescsd@medtronic.com or calling +44(0) 1923 205167.

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