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TSA Destroys 16-year-old's Insulin Pump
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Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
It seems that there is no end to the airport security stories. This time, a 16-year-old girl with Type 1 diabetes was forced to go through a full-body scanner even though she had a doctor's note asking that she be patted down instead. Her parents claim her $10,000 pump was ruined.

People with other medical devices, such as pacemakers, should also go through pat-downs rather than the body scanner.

What would you do if the TSA tried to force you through a scanner when you knew it would affect your medical device?

What do you think should be done about this particular situation?
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Demons2011 responded:
Like most things with government control there isn't any common sense.

Yes, the doctors note could be falsified. It would seem pre-qualifying individuals would make more sense than "forcing" a person to go into a scanner which could damage medical equipment.
 
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B_Nazario_WebMD_Medical_Staff responded:
It's important to be prepared and have a 'Plan b' when blood sugars go awry.

Anytime insulin ceases to be delivered in a person with type 1 diabetes this can lead to trouble. In this case, it's rapid or very rapid acting insulin"026meaning the potential for this malfunction to have been life threatening was much much higher. Having a plan in place assures you that you're in control should something unforeseeable happen.

For folks with an insulin pump, if you are going to have an X-ray, CT scan, MRI or any other type of radiation therapy, take your pump off, and remove them from the area. Regardless of the pump, during travel it's important to be extra vigilant about blood sugars and check then more often.



Dr. Bruni
 
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mikepisciotta responded:
I have an implanted ICD/Pacemaker and luckily have never encountered something like this. That said, TSA employees have told me the scanner is safe for my device, but I still ask for pat down where scanners are not being used. I think it's criminal they would refuse to pat this girl down per her request.

As far as my device is concerned, is what the TSA is telling me accurate?
 
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An_242764 responded:
TSA should know of the risks and should be honest about it. With a pump it's obvious she has one. You can't falsify that.
 
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2pearle2 responded:
This is wrong especially if you have a note from your doctor and it is signed by him or her!!!! I am sure the insurance company is NOT going to appreciate buying another pump for this girl or any other person as medical costs rise plus the goverment will be sued over this I can just see the suits coming!!!!
 
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JenPBDBP2 responded:
Hey, Americans wanted security, we got it. Now we're complaining because it's not just the darker skinned people getting harassed.


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