Doctors warn over insulin pumps on flights

A woman had hypoglycaemia after her pump delivered too much insulin mid-flight: case study

Doctors have warned about using insulin pumps on flights, after a patient developed severe hypoglycaemia when her device delivered excess doses midair. 

The 55-year-old with type 1 diabetes experienced hypoglycaemia on two flights in non-pressurised cabins while using the Omnipod DASH device, they wrote in a case report.  

Continuous glucose monitoring data showed her blood glucose levels started to fall about 15 minutes after the aircraft reached cruising altitude. 

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