Cortisol Pumping is the use of solu-cortef used in an infusion pump programmed to dispense cortisol according to the natural circadian rhythm by programming rates of delivery into the pump. This method bypasses the gastric passage and is able to deliver cortisol 24/7. With the pumping method, an adrenal insufficient patient can receive a constant supply of cortisol and can lesson the instability experienced with oral steroid cortisol replacement. Side effects due to malabsorption can be decreased and patients have reported increased quality of life. This method has also been shown to lessen the prevalence of adrenal crises and hospitalizations due to low cortisol. This book is a patient’s guide to managing the cortisol pumping method.
As a collaborative book publication containing medical studies, clinical research and documented patient empirical evidence, Cortisol Pump 101 includes everything you need to know about the cortisol pumping method. Available on amazon in paperback and kindle ebook.
Cortisol 101 contains the following information:
Chapter 1: Introduction
What is Adrenal Insufficiency?
What is Cortisol Pumping?
Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 2: Assessments
Post Pump Testing
Chapter 3: Starting the Cortisol Pumping Process
Finding a Pump Friendly Physician
Choosing a Pump System
Obtaining Insurance Approval
Chapter 4: Creating a Care Plan
Prescriptions & Items Needed
Choosing a Solu-Cortef Ratio
Setting Basal Rates
Updosing and Sick Rates
Sites and Absorption Factors
Chapter 5: Life with the Pump
Chapter 6: Resources
Adrenal Alternatives Foundation
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