The Super BolusI've mentioned the super bolus before on this blog. This is a technique that only works for people who are using an insulin pump.
According to John Walsh's original note about the super bolus:
A Super Bolus is created when some of the basal insulin delivery is stopped or partially reduced, and delivered instead as additional bolus insulin on top of a normal carb or correction bolus. This shift of basal to bolus insulin creates a larger bolus that can have more impact in situations where more insulin is needed quickly. These situations may include but are not limited to covering high glycemic index foods, larger intakes of carbohydrate, and speeding the return of an elevated blood sugar to normal.The super bolus boosts the effectiveness of a regular bolus by taking some of your basal insulin and delivering it early. For example, if your basal rate is 0.7 units per hour, you can temporarily turn off the basal delivery for one hour and then take the 0.7 units immediately. The trick is how you take that insulin. If you took it as a bolus then it would affect your insulin on board totals, so instead you take it by using the prime features that you'd normally use to fill the cannula after inserting a new infusion set.
I shot three short videos that show how to do a super bolus on different insulin pumps. This gives you a chance to compare these pumps in action and see how to use this useful technique which helps correct high blood sugars a little faster.
Here's how to take a super bolus with a Minimed 512 insulin pump.
Here's how to do it with an Animas 2020 insulin pump.
And here's how to do it on a Cozmo 1800 insulin pump.