2018 Review: Insulet OmniPod Insulin Pump Pros and Cons

By |2018-11-15T22:42:56+00:00December 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 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 [...]