I rarely clean my pump.  I hope that doesn’t make me a complete dirtbag (though the more I think about it, the more I should regularly clean this device that is with me 24 hours a day, every single day, and is brought everywhere but in the shower, so it’s likely to be the most filthy thing I own).

How often do you clean your insulin pump?

But honestly, I don’t make a habit of dragging it through the mud or dropping it into a plate of spaghetti, so normally I clean it when it gets grubby from exercise, the beach, etc. or when I take off the battery cap and notice that the edge of the cap looks gross.  (You know, when the cap is threaded with what looks like belly button lint.)

An email exchange with an engineer from Animas got me to thinking about this “how often do you clean your pump” issue, and I wondered if I was the only insulin pumper who didn’t have a cleaning ritual for my pump.  I try to keep the screen clean, and there are a few times I’ve wipe it down with a baby wipe (they’re useful for grubby hands and grubby pumps alike), but I don’t set aside special times to do a once-over on my medical devices.

How often do you clean your pump?

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