Insulet OmniPod Insulin Pump

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2018 Review: Insulet OmniPod Insulin Pump Pros and Cons

By | 2017-12-07T14:38:20+00:00 December 5th, 2017|2017-2018 Blood Glucose Meters, 2018 Insulin Pump Review|

Pros & Cons of the Insulet OmniPod Insulin Pump Unique Advantages: Pros Reduced up-front costs Can program through clothing from a few feet away Discrete pump size No tubing (minimizes wasted insulin, no tangling/snagging, less awkward, no siphon effects) No disconnecting/reconnecting means no missed/lost insulin Simple, automated cannula insertion (minimizes discomfort, reduces “human errors”, creates more site options) Forced pod change reduces chances of lipodystrophy & absorption problems Pump is fully watertight Temp basals and boluses can be customized/preset Freestyle meter built into handheld programmer Large color screen w/text and graphing capability Only 2 parts; simple for travel Android-based programmer with Dexcom display pending (early 2018) Potential Drawbacks: CONS Low-suspend, hybrid closed loop features in development No integrated CGM Bulky programmer Pod creates a “bulge” on the skin Cannot enter boluses or make setting changes without programmer Cannot do programming or editing while bolus is delivering Only one cannula orientation/length Max reservoir volume 200u; minimum fill amount 85u Pod stops working after 72 hours (plus grace period) Handheld will not calculate bolus if BG < 50 Dislodged/clogged cannula or pod error requires complete pod replacement Pod does not have vibrate option IOB not displayed in bolus calculation Must suspend when changing basal settings Temp basal limited to 12 hours max. Not covered by all third-party payors Insulin-to-carb ratios in whole number increments only Loss (or malfunction) of programmer renders pod non-programmable (delivers basal only) Read our resident RN's in-depth review of the Omnipod in her article: Attack of the Pod People! My In-Depth Review of Omnipod. Review of Omnipod