Tricks Of The Trade For Protecting Your Pump Buttons

Tricks Of The Trade For Protecting Your Pump Buttons | The LOOP Blog

One topic that customers often ask about when they call the 24-Hour HelpLine is the buttons on their insulin pumps. How durable are they? Am I pushing them too hard? Am I pushing them the wrong way? I can understand why – there’s so much riding on those buttons! The more than 1 million lines of computer code in a Medtronic insulin pump (interesting factoid for you!) are controlled by only four little buttons.

The answer is the buttons on your pump are designed to take a lot of boluses, reservoir refills, basal rate adjustments and all the other settings and features they control. However, just like many consumer electronic devices, to ensure the buttons don’t wear out before their time you want to avoid hitting them with sharp objects.

So, push away with your fingertips, but don’t stab at them with pens, keys or the ends of acrylic (fake) nails. I was reminded of this just a few weeks ago when I got acrylic (fake) nails put on. I don’t do it that often, so I was really excited to have the pretty new nails. But I quickly realized I had to change the way I pushed the buttons on a lot of the electronics in my life – my phone, microwave, TV remote and pump buttons. I found myself beginning to turn my finger a bit to push with my fingertips instead of the ends of my pretty (but sharp) new nails.

This whole button-pushing topic also got me thinking about what I would do if I had dexterity issues and couldn’t push with my fingertips. So, I asked around Medtronic and found out that, if you do have dexterity issues and need to push with something other than your fingertips, just make sure you do it with something blunt, like the eraser end of a pencil instead of the sharp tip.

The pump can integrate easily into your life (long pretty fingernails and all), but sometimes learning these little ‘tricks of the trade’ can make all the difference!


– Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and
should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
– Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

– Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
– Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

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