Insulin pump failures are still frequent: A prospective study over 6 years from 2001 to 2007

Department of Endocrinology, CHU Rennes, Hôpital sud, 16 boulevard de Bulgarie, 35203, Rennes, France.
Diabetologia (Impact Factor: 6.67). 10/2009; 52(12):2662-4. DOI: 10.1007/s00125-009-1549-7
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