Pros & Cons of the Medtronic MiniMed 670G with Guardian

Our 2018 review

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)
    • Hybrid closed loop(Automode) basal adjustment based on CGM readings and predictive algorithms
    • High-contrast full-color screen
    • Slim attachable clip
    • Integrated meter serves as remote control for bolusing
    • Frequently used boluses & temp basals can be stored as “presets”
    • Downloadable to online Carelink program
    • Choice of slow or fast bolus delivery
    • Generates insulin/carb/BG statistics
  • Potential Drawbacks: CONS

    • “Airplane Mode” option CGM and Automode require additional finger sticks for calibration and safety checks.
    • Maintaining Automode requires a higher level of technical acumen and interaction with the pump.
    • Frequent system alerts in Automode may become intrusive
    • Attached clip is upside-down
    • Must pay for loaner/backup pumps
    • Screen and text are relatively small
    • Insulin-on-board only deducted from correction boluses
    • Downloading restricted to Carelink program
    • Multiple menus and programming can be complex to master
    • Many button-presses and confirmation steps in basic programming
    • Delay in getting pumps, supplies and training to new users
    • Company’s marketing can be overly aggressive