By htownpiggy Latest Reply 2015-09-30 11:21:37 -0500
Started 2010-04-01 22:44:28 -0500

HELLO, My name is Courtney and I am pretty new to the site. I had a question and was wondering if anyone could help me. I am a police officer and I am on the pump. It is hard wearing it. I can't clip it on my pants because of my holster and when I tape it on my leg it looks bulky as my uniform pants are fitted? Any suggestions? Feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Jharne05 2015-09-30 11:21:37 -0500 Report

I am looking to get the Omnipod, I have a medtronic right now. My only concern is that my vest will hit the pod and tear it out. Do any other officers have issues with the pod at all?

double douce
double douce 2014-09-03 02:19:15 -0500 Report

Your department should not frown on you having your pump on your duty belt. If they do, they more than a little ADA uniform policy compliance going on. As in, they have to allow for reasonable accommodations.

When I had the Animus Ping, I had it attached to the strap on the side of my vest. I even had my uniform shirts taylored to allow for it on that particular side. I mainly did that to protect it for when i would have to wrestle with some jack ball who didn't agree with me they needed to visit our jail. Now that I use the T-Slim pump and no longer have the wireless connection, I just moved my handcuffs I had on the front of my duty belt in a holster/case to the back of the belt on a strap opposite the other pair. Leaves enough room for my pump and body mic for the in-car video to co-exist together in harmony lol.

No one ever comments about my pump unless im giving myself a bolus. Even then, its only because they heard the beeping of the quick bolus feature which is kinda loud :/

With that said… who gives a hoot about placement of your pump? The only person that should is you! The only time admin should have an issue with it is if you come to work with it duct taped to your face. In that case, I could see them raising an eye brow or two and saying something to ya considering our line of work…

dbowsley 2010-06-02 15:11:07 -0500 Report

I too am a Police officer and have had issues like this as well. However i recently found a fix that works wonderfully. I use 5.11 holster shirts, i put one on over my vest and the pockets on each side allow me to put the pump in one side and a back-up weapon in the other. This works great and i can get to it with ease. no one ever sees the pump or the tubes.

vinodh 2010-04-05 08:05:10 -0500 Report

ya i agree . MEDTRONIC gives its users a variety of options . Try taping it to your stomach (make sure that it doesn't disturbs your infusion site ) .You have breast pouches , sport pouches which could make you more comfortable ..

kdroberts 2010-04-02 05:52:16 -0500 Report

Who makes your pump? Each manufacturer makes various products to hide/place their pump. Most do bra clips, waist pouches and other things that may help. Check out the specific site for your pump manufacturer. The omnipod may or may not be a good choice because it may still look out of place if you tape it to your arms and may be uncomfortable if you tape it to your body. I should also note that the omnipod can't be controlled via the pump itself, you need a PDA to do everything. This is great for some people but it would mean you have to carry around another piece of equipment which may be a problem in your line of work.

htownpiggy 2010-04-03 00:36:44 -0500 Report

kd I have a paradigm pump the omnipod may be an option except i have a hard enough time keeping up with my blackberry lol let alone a pda

Zimoss 2010-04-01 23:34:11 -0500 Report

you probably like your current pump, but you might consider the OmniPod since it is wireless and simply sticks to you and is controlled by a wireless connection to meter/ pda.

Since I am not a pumper I don't know, but there might even be other similar options.

good luck and thanks for the service you perform.

MAYS 2010-04-01 23:04:06 -0500 Report

Hello !
My suggestion would be to experiment with it in various locations.
As a former member in blue, you don't want too many items on your person or your duty belt, although you can attach it to your duty belt by placing it in either a leather or cordura belt pouch, your possibilities are endless but most important, the final solution must be practical (experiment).
Sorry that I couldn't be of much help on this one.
" Mays"

htownpiggy 2010-04-03 00:35:03 -0500 Report

Thank you, Mays. The department frowns on too many things on our duty belt of course they'll make an exception but I do not want special privileges. I currently have the paradigm meter and so I am looking at other options as well thanks