Insulin Pump Centre

An insulin pump is a medical device used by people with diabetes as an alternative to multiple daily injections of insulin with a syringe or pen. 

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Our history

An insulin pump is a medical device used by people with diabetes as an alternative to multiple daily injections of insulin with a syringe or pen.

The Diabetes Clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital initiated a pediatric insulin pump protocol in February 2000. However, responding to patient demand for pump therapy in addition to running our regular diabetes clinic created more demand than our team could accommodate. Thanks to the generosity of several individuals and charitable groups, we were able to open a freestanding Insulin Pump Centre, where our pump activities are concentrated and coordinated.

 

Our team

The Insulin Pump Centre is currently staffed by a full-time nurse and nutritionist.

Anne Bossy, BSc(N); CDE joined the diabetes clinic in 1998. Anne is a certified pump trainer for all the insulin pumps available in Quebec, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Evelyne Pytka, PDt; CDE joined the diabetes clinic in 1998. Evelyne is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a certified pump trainer.

 

Where the care happens

For more details, ask your doctor when you are in clinic or call our secretary, Hélène Dubois at 514-412-4436. 

Programs and services

The process to initiate insulin pump therapy is a long one. The child’s endocrinologist must first give medical approval before the process can begin.

The first step in starting insulin pump therapy is for the parents (and the child if they are old enough) to attend an insulin pump information session. During this session, we explain the basic principles of pump therapy, as well as the criteria for starting a pump, and all necessary preparatory steps and requirements.

If the family decides to go ahead with a pump, our nutritionist will meet with them to teach advanced carbohydrate-counting. This process may continue over several months.

The family is responsible for choosing the pump they wish to purchase and organizing the financial arrangements with the pump manufacturer and their private insurance company (if any). The family must also organize the care plan for school – that is, identifying who will be responsible for supervising the child’s extra glucose testing, the insulin for meals and snacks, and the general management of the pump.

When properly set up, insulin pump therapy is now recognized as the optimal treatment modality to control diabetes and minimize the long term risks of cardiac, renal, neurological and visual complications of the disease. It can also provide a more flexible and “normal” lifestyle for those who would otherwise need multiple insulin injections and a strict meal plan.

However, the insulin pump is not for everyone, and it does not automatically guarantee better control of a child’s diabetes. Our staff will help you make the best decision for your child and family, and support you along the way.

 

Contact us

Evelyne Pytka (nutritionist)

Anne Bossy (nurse)

 

Useful documents
Before starting an insulin pump
Pump start
Nutrition
Exercise
Sick days
Travel
Annual clinic visit

Conditions and illnesses

Refer a patient 

Phone : 514-412-4400 ext. 23084 or 23085
Fax : 514-412-4209