Book Review

Pumping Insulin: Everything in a Book for Successful Use of an Insulin Pump (2nd ed.)

John Walsh, PA, CDE; Ruth Roberts, MA; and Betty Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE
Torrey Pines Press

This reference book is a “must” for any pharmacist interested in learning about insulin pumps. It is also great for any patient who currently uses or is interested in using an insulin pump. This comprehensive book is written as a definitive guide on pumping insulin. It includes chapters on achieving excellent bloodsugar control, carbohydrate counting, bloodglucose charting, setting and testing of basals and boluses, developing and adjusting dosing regimens, adjusting insulin and food for exercise, trouble-shooting, avoiding insulin reactions and correcting pump problems. This book is definitely not for the newly diagnosed diabetic, but neither is insulin pumping. This reference is an excellent resource for the pharmacist or knowledgeable diabetic on diabetescontrol strategies, with or without a pump. Even if a patient is already a pump user, this book is still bound to provide new insight and information. Pharmacies can purchase from Torrey Pines Press at a discounted rate for resale.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Mar/Apr 2000