Medtronic MiniMed 670G with Guardian Insulin Pump Pros and Cons

By |2018-11-15T22:37:08+00:00December 5th, 2017|2017-2018 Blood Glucose Meters, 2018 Insulin Pump Review|

Pros & Cons of the Medtronic MiniMed 670G with Guardian Our 2018 review 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 Diabetes educator, Dr Gary Scheiner gives an in-depth review of his own experience using the Medtronic MiniMed 670G Insulin Pump.Read Review of MiniMed 670G