Pros & Cons of the Medtronic MiniMed 630G with Guardian

Medtronic MiniMed 630G insulin pump

  • Unique Advantages: Pros

    • Large, secure, long-established company
    • Industry leader in R & D
    • Data from Medtronic Guardian CGM displayed on-screen
    • Automatic basal shutoff when low glucose detected by sensor (may help prevent severe hypos)
    • High-contrast full-color screen
    • Optional “Connect” feature for sharing CGM data on smartphones Slim attachable clip
    • Integrated meter serves as remote control for bolusing
    • Frequently used boluses & temp basals can be stored as “presets”
    • Easily downloadable to online Carelink program
    • Choice of slow or fast bolus delivery
    • Generates insulin/carb/BG statistics
  • Potential Drawbacks: CONS

    • “Airplane Mode” option CGM accuracy, longevity, transmission range, ease-of-use considered inferior to competitors
    • Automatic low-suspend feature may be disruptive and counter-productive
    • Must pay for loaner/backup pumps
    • Insulin-on-board only deducted from correction boluses
    • Attached clip is upside-down
    • Downloading restricted to Carelink program
    • Screen and text are relatively small
    • Multiple menus and programming can be complex to master
    • Lots of button-pushing and confirmation steps with basic programming
    • Company’s marketing can be overly aggressive