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Pros & Cons of the Insulet OmniPod Insulin Pump

Insulet OmniPod

  • 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
    • DASH – New Android-based PDM expected after January 2019
      • Basal rate of 0.0u/hr will be an option with DASH PDM
      • The Omnipod DISPLAY app allows for a convenient display of Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) data on the user’s smartphone as well as a “Find My PDM” feature.
      • The Omnipod VIEW app lets up to 12 care partners view their loved one’s Omnipod DASH System data on their iOS smartphone remotely.
        • Potential hybrid closed loop pump with Dexcom – ?
  • Potential Drawbacks: CONS

    • Low-suspend, hybrid closed loop features in development No integrated CGM
    • Bulky programmer
    • New DASH PDM will NOT have BG monitor within device – must use Contour Next BG monitor for Bluetooth connection of BG data to PDM
    • 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 (use of ? key with bolus suggestion on screen will show IOB)
    • Must suspend when changing basal settings
    • Temp basal limited to 12 hours max.
    • Not covered by all third-party payers
    • Insulin-to-carb ratios in whole number increments only (DASH PDM will have IC ratio in <1g increments)
    • Loss (or malfunction) of programmer renders pod non-programmable (delivers basal only)