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Airport security rules pose risk for users of insulin pumps

Problems going through airport security for people with Type 1 diabetes who use insulin pump therapy (IPT) show that airports worldwide need a standardised policy.
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Problems going through airport security for people with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pump therapy (IPT) show that airports worldwide need a standardised policy, says Katie McGhee, child health nursing lecturer at the University of East Anglia.

‘The risk of increased stress for people with IPT at airport security and the potential for a subsequent life-threatening emergency requires urgent airport authority attention,’ she says in an article in the journal International Airport Review.

The pumps should not be exposed to total body scanners or X-rays as they can damage the electronics and cause malfunctions, affecting insulin delivery.

International Airport Review earlier printed an open letter from Rachel Humphrey, of Waterlooville, Hampshire, describing how she and her husband and their diabetic 14-year-old son

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