Tandem t:slim X2 and t:flex Insulin Pump 2018 Reviews

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Pros & Cons of the Tandem t:slim X2 and t:flex Insulin Pumps

tandem tslim x2 insulin pump

  • Unique Advantages: Pros

    • X2 has software/features updatable through download from website
    • Bright, full-color touch screen
    • Modern, high-tech appearance
    • Compact, thin dimensions
    • Rapid number entry/fastest bolus entry
    • 2-Way Bluetooth (X2) allows full integration with multiple devices, including smartphones & CGM
    • X2 displays data from Dexcom G5
    • T:flex holds up to 480u
    • Charges; No disposable batteries
    • Can calculate boluses up to 50 units (60u with t:flex)
    • Site-change reminder w/customizable day & time
    • Graphic on-screen history display
    • Carb counting calculatorTemp basal up to 250%, 72 hrs
    • IOB & time remaining displayed on home screen
    • Missed bolus reminders customizable by day of week
    • Alert for high temperatures
    • Secondary basal programs can be linked with secondary bolus formulas
    • Limited unintended insulin movement with changes in pump position
    • Low suspend features pending
  • Potential Drawbacks: CONS

    • Hybrid closed loop features pending Small buttons can be difficult to activate; screen goes blank if buttons missed 3x
    • Unlock procedure required to perform any programming
    • No attached clip (must put in a case that has a clip)
    • Tubing connector looks “medical,” can snag on clothing
    • Proprietary tubing connection, cannot use third party infusion sets.
    • Basal & bolus settings in same time slots; may take several steps to edit
    • Extra confirmation steps with all programming
    • Weak vibrate mechanism
    • No meter link
    • Company’s long-term viability is uncertain; pump is their only product
    • Requires charging 1-2x/week

About the Author:

Integrated Diabetes Services is the worldwide leader in one-on-one consulting for people who use insulin. Diabetes “coaching” services are available in-person and remotely via phone and the internet for children and adults.

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