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Taking your MiniMed™ insulin pump to the beach this summer

« WeCare Blog | August 8, 2019 |
Tips & Tricks
Taking your MiniMed™ insulin pump to the beach this summer

Ready to enjoy this summer to the max? We, the WeCare team want to give you some useful tips to get the most out of your MiniMed™ insulin pump and help you to have a great summer. Through the following questions and answers, we will help you to get knowledge of your insulin pump and how to enjoy the summer with your MiniMed™ insulin pump.

In the event that it is stained with sand, salt water, can it be cleaned, or should it be discarded?

The MiniMed™ insulin pump, if properly fitted with the reservoir and the inserted tubes, is waterproof (IPX8 waterproof classification) at a depth of up to 3.6 meters (12 feet) for a maximum of 24 hours. In the event that the infusion set is affected, this must not be cleaned, it must be replaced with a new one.

Since the pump is waterproof, water damage is not likely to occur if the pump is splashed or submerged in water. However, it is recommended that you carefully inspect the pump to ensure that there is no crack before exposing it to water, especially if it has been dropped or you suspect it might be damaged. The pump is not waterproof if it has a crack.

If you believe that water has entered the pump or observe any other possible malfunction, check your blood glucose and treat it as directed by your doctor if necessary. Contact Medtronic for more help. You should contact your doctor whenever you have excessively high or low glucose levels, or if you have any questions about your treatment.

Also please remember about the compatible transmitter and sensor, when connected to the sensor and worn as directed are waterproof and fully submersible, although we do not recommend immersing it in very hot water (such as a bath). You can wear the transmitter to a depth of 8 feet or 2.4 meters for a maximum of 30 minutes.