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Insulin Pumps & A1C Calculator
To determine whether an insulin pump is right for you, discuss it with your endocrinologist.
As of July 2012, a few popular insulin pumps are the Animas OneTouch Ping, Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Revel 723, and OmniPod. There are other pumps available as well, you can always search online for options other than the ones listed here.
It takes time to decide which pump is best for you and it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips….
– Discuss it with your endocrinologist (I specifically say endocrinologist because they are the experts).
– Do as much research as possible, get a notebook & write down what you learn, talk with others that wear the pump you are researching.
– Make a list of questions and things that are important to you (remember all the pumps do the most important thing – deliver insulin, but features on each one may vary). The Animas OneTouch Ping Pump is waterproof and has a color screen, the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Revel offers an integrated CGM, and the OmniPod is tubeless. Don’t you just wish there was one pump that had all those features? =)
– Visit the pump companies website and get a free information packet mailed to you.
– Have the pump company check your insurance to see if it will be covered (having the pump company do this is better, they are the experts in dealing with insurance companies).
– Be patient. Keep in mind your endocrinologist office may want you to take classes on pumping & the process is usually not instant. Also, keep in mind that getting an insulin pump does not mean you don’t have to check your blood sugar. It usually takes time to get the pump settings correct so you may need to check your blood sugar more than usual. Even after the pump settings are good, you still need to check your blood sugar according to your doctor’s recommendations. In our case, he actually checks his blood sugar more that he’s on the pump.
– Check out the pump companies policies. Do they offer a loaner pump if going away on vacation and if they do, is it free? What happens if your pump breaks? Do they offer email customer service for non urgent issues? What is their warranty policy? If an updated pump is released after you get yours, do they offer an upgrade and if they do, how much will your out of pocket expense be?
Also, keep in mind the things that are important to you. Choosing a pump is usually personal preference. One thing to keep in mind is reservoir/cartridge size, while one of the pumps has the ability to put 300 units of insulin in it as opposed to 200 units, think if you would even use 300 units in a 2-3 day time span. Most doctors/pump companies recommend site changes every 2-3 days and most also recommend to do the site change and the reservoir/cartridge change at the same time so you may not even use 300 units in the recommended time span. However, you might use that much so keep that in mind to determine if that is important to you.
Another thing to keep in mind is what type of infusion set will work for you. Most people have the regular soft cannula infusion sets or the all-in-one sets and they work fine for them but some people need the metal infusion sets (which are only offered by Medtronic and Animas). Sometimes people that are lean or children need to use the metal sets because they get a lot of kinks with the regular soft cannula sets. Kinks can lead to high blood sugars. To prevent kinks all together, some doctors recommend the metal sets and some do not. A common misconception is that metal sets are hard to insert because its a manual insertion or it hurts while its in. The manual insertion feels like a pen needle or syringe to most people. And if inserted properly, the person wearing it should not be able to feel the metal set while wearing it. Remember that just because a metal set can not kink does not mean that its occlusion-proof. All infusion sets are at risk for occlusions but it is rare to happen.
If the pump is for a young child, make sure to check out locking features to prevent accidental insulin dosing. Some people even buy an tamper-resistant case for the insulin pump pack and put a lock on it if the pump is for a child. Click here to see an example of the tamper-resistant case for the Animas OneTouch Ping. There is a piece of plexiglass in the case to prevent accidental button pressing (not sure why it doesn’t state that on their website).
Click on the insulin pump name below to go directly to their website. This list is for the most current insulin pumps available in the US.
Things change often, the chart below reflects as accurate and up-to-date information as possible. If you notice an error, please click the Contact link above.
Keep in mind that everyone is different and what is important to one person, may not be important to another. Get an insulin pump that is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. Choosing an insulin pump is a personal preference.
Always use the recommended battery per the manufacturer to power your pump.
|Pump||Animas OneTouch Ping||Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723||Omnipod|
|Colors||black, blue, green, pink, silver||clear, pink, purple, smoke, blue, customize||white/clear|
|Basal Increment||0.025 U/hr||0.025 U/hr||.05 U/hr|
|Temp Basal||off, -90% to +200%||off, -90% to +200%||0% to +200%|
|Largest Bolus Size||35u||25u||30u|
|Bolus Type||Normal, EZ BG, EZ Carb, Combo, Audio||Normal, Square, Dual Wave, Bolus Wizard||Normal, Extended|
|Color Screen||Yes on pump||No||Yes on PDM|
|Pump Battery||1 AA lithium, option to use alkaline||1 AAA alkaline||2 AAA alkaline (PDM)|
|Memory||270 basals, 500 boluses, 120 daily totals, 60 primes, 60 alarms, 900 bg readings|| 36 alarm records, 24 bolus records, 10 event records, 32 total daily insulin records, 20 reservoir & set records, user setting history
||Last 500 boluses, primes, & daily totals. Last 100 alarms|
|Warranty by manufacturer||4 years||4 years||4 years|
|Loaner Pump (for travel etc)||No Charge (may get older model)||$50 (may get older model)||Loaner PDM|
|In Warranty Upgrade*||$99**||$399***|
|Tracks Active Insulin||Yes||Yes||Yes (only BG corrections)|
|Blood Glucose Meter / Test Strips||OneTouch Ping Meter Remote / OneTouch Ultra test strips||OneTouch Ultralink / OneTouch Ultra test strips||PDM / Freestyle test strips|
|Water||Waterproof, 12ft for 24hrs (pump only)||Splash Resistant||Waterproof, 25ft for 60min (pod only)|
|User Guide||Click here||Click here||Click here|
|Airport Security||No x-ray or full body scanner, hand wand & metal detector ok Click here||No x-ray or full body scanner, hand wand & metal detector ok||Pods and PDMs can go through airport x-ray machines (call Omnipod to check about it going through a full body scanner)|
|Request more info||Click here||Click here||Click here|
|Check insurance coverage||Click here|
*Usually insurance will not pay for an upgrade if you are still within your 4 year warranty period, customer usually has the option for a cash upgrade.
**$99 Upgrade to Animas Vibe if released in the US by 12/31/2012
***$799 up front – $400 rebate when old pump received back to Medtronic
A1C Calculator ~ https://www.accu-chek.com/us/glucose-monitoring/a1c-calculator.html#