Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

ABRIL 2011 N° 3 Volumen 14

Procedure for placing an insulin pump catheter

Section: Hands on

How to quote

Alconero Camarero AR et ál. Procedimiento de colocación del catéter de bomba de insulina. Metas de Enferm abr 2011; 14(3): 16-19


1Ana Rosa Alconero Camarero, 2Elena Gutiérrez Torre, 3Blanca Torres Manrique, 1Elías Rodríguez Martín


1Enfermera/o. Máster en Investigación en Cuidados de Salud. Profesora Titular de Enfermería de la Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería "Casa de la Salud Valdecilla". 2Enfermera. Licenciada en Antropología Social y Cultural. Hospital Comarcal de Laredo. Servicio Cántabro de Salud.3Diplomada en Enfermería. Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería "Casa de la Salud Valdecilla". Universidad de Cantabria.

Contact address

Ana Rosa Alconero CamareroEscuela Universitaria de Enfermería “Casa de Salud Valdecilla”. Universidad de Cantabria. Avda. de Valdecilla, s/n. 39008

Contact email: alconear@unican.es


Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) therapy or an insulin pump can be a good therapeutic alternative for people with type 1 diabetes in specific situations.
The learning of this technique must be performed by means of a health education programme taught by a multidisciplinary team, in which the patient is taught to manage the device and to care for the cannula’s insertion area. If the patient adheres to these basic conditions, he/she can reap the benefits, both in glycemic control and in the reduction of the incidence of hypoglycaemias, which in turn improves his or her quality of life.
The objective of this article is to explain the indications, the equipment that is needed and the self-application procedure for the insulin pump, as well as possible complications, in order to guarantee the best safety conditions and to decrease the discomfort experienced by the patient who undergoes this type of treatment.


continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion; health education; insulin pump; nursing procedureType 1 diabetes

Versión en Español


Procedimiento de colocación del catéter de bomba de insulina