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Product Review: The Minimed 630g System

Product Review: The Minimed 630g System

By Phyllis Kaplan, MiniMed Ambassador, living with type 1 diabetes After 16 years of using insulin pump therapy with Medtronic Diabetes, I was excited to see the updated design of the MiniMed® 630G system. After seeing pictures online, I thought the new insulin pump looked bigger, and I wondered if the new system was much different than my MiniMed® 530G system. I did have some doubts about upgrading, but in the end, the appeal of being able to bolus from the meter, the larger screen, and options to change the volume, won me over. Prior to receiving the new system, I assumed that it would be fairly easy to understand and almost like getting used to a new phone, but I was still anxious about it. It turns out my assumption was correct. The MiniMed 630G system has been easy for me to get used to and just makes sense to me. The day I met with my trainer, as she walked me through setting everything up, I kept thinking “Wow, this is awesome.” One thing I appreciate is the polished, current look and feel. On top of what the new MiniMed 630G system looks like, there are also so many other features that I really like. Here are a few of my favorites: 1) The home screen: I call this screen “diabetes at a glance,” as it's easy to see and find the things we tend to use most often: CGM data: I didn’t think it was hard to find the CGM information on the MiniMed 530G system, but being able to see the CGM reading and graph from this screen feels right. The CGM data now includes sensor graphs, so you don’t need to wait to upload to CareLink® software to see this representation of the data. Active insulin: It’s wonderful to see active insulin right on the main screen! No more going through several menus and multiple button clicks! Bolus and basal: With the click of a butto Continue reading >>

Setting Up And Changing Your Easy Bolus

Setting Up And Changing Your Easy Bolus

MiniMed 630G System Support > Setting Up and Changing your Easy Bolus Device: MiniMed 630G insulin pump (MMT-1715K) The Easy Bolus feature allows you to quickly deliver a Normal bolus using only the up button. Your pump must be in sleep mode to use the Easy Bolus feature. You must turn on the feature and set up the step size before you can use Easy Bolus to deliver a Normal bolus. To help you count your Easy Bolus steps, each time you press the up button, your pump makes a different tone. 3. Select Easy Bolus to turn on the feature. 4. Set the Step Size amount (in units). You can set the step size from 0.1 to 2.0 units. Your step size cannot be higher than your Max Bolus. 1. If your pump is not in sleep mode, press and hold the Menu button for about two seconds. 2. While your pump screen is in sleep mode, press and hold up from about one second. After your pump beeps or vibrates, release the up button. You can now start programming your Easy Bolus. 3. Press up the number of times needed to set your bolus amount. Each time you press up, your pump sounds a tone or vibrates, and your bolus amount increases by the number of units set for the step size. 4. When you have reached the desired bolus amount, press and hold up to confirm the amount. You should hear a confirmation tone or feel a vibration for each button press. Count to ensure the amount is correct. If the amount is not correct, press and hold down until you hear a tone, and then start again from step 3. 5. When the bolus amount is confirmed, press and hold up for about one second to deliver your bolus. Your pump beeps or vibrates. Your bolus starts immediately after the confirmation. Continue reading >>

Low Sensor Settings | Medtronic Diabetes

Low Sensor Settings | Medtronic Diabetes

Device: MiniMed 630G insulin pump (MMT-1715K) Low Settings allow you to be alerted when your glucose levels are falling rapidly (Alert before Low), has reached your low limit (Alert on Low) or has been suspended by using the SmartGuard feature (Suspend on Low). You can choose to be alerted before and/or when you have reached your low limit. Remember, the Sensor feature must be turned On before you can set any Low settings. The first step is to set the low (Lo) limit. This can be set from 60 to 90 mg/dL. This is the value on which the other low settings are based. You can set up to eight low limits for different periods of the day or night. When Alert before low is turned on, you will be notified when your sensor glucose is predicted to reach your low limit in 30 minutes. The Alert before low can make you aware of potential low glucose levels even before they occur. When Suspend on low is turned on, your pump will temporarily stop delivering insulin if your sensor glucose has reached or fallen below your low limit. This keeps additional insulin from being delivered. Do not use the Suspend on low feature to prevent or treat low glucose. The Suspend on low feature is designed to suspend insulin delivery when you are unable to respond to the Suspend on low alarm. Always confirm your sensor glucose using your BG meter, and follow the instructions of your healthcare professional. Using Suspend on low to prevent or treat low glucose may result in prolonged hypoglycemia. When Alert on low is on, you will receive an alert any time your sensor glucose reading reaches or falls below your low limit. This allows you to test your BG and treat if necessary as instructed by your healthcare professional. If Suspend on low is turned on, Alert on low will automatically be set to on so yo Continue reading >>

High Sensor Settings

High Sensor Settings

Device: MiniMed 630G insulin pump (MMT-1715K) High Settings allow you to be alerted if your sensor glucose is: Approaching your high limit (Alert before high) Has reached your high limit (Alert on high) Remember, the Sensor feature must be turned On before you can set any High settings. The high limit can be set from 100 to 400 mg/dL. The other high settings are based on the High (Hi) Limit value. You can set up to eight high limits for different time segments throughout the day or night. Your high limit is not the same as your glucose target. Your healthcare professional will help you determine the setting that is appropriate for you. When Alert before high is turned on, you will receive an alert any time the sensor glucose is predicted to reach the high limit that you have set. This can help you to evaluate why your glucose readings are high and the actions that your healthcare professional has recommended you take when your glucose levels are rising. Time before high is only available when using Alert before high. Time before high determines how many minutes before the reaching the high limit that you will receive an Alert before high. This can be set from 5 to 30 minutes. When Alert on high is on, you will receive an alert any time your sensor glucose reaches or exceeds your high limit. This allows you to evaluate and treat if necessary as instructed by your healthcare professional. The Rise Alert will notify you when your sensor glucose is rising rapidly. This alert can help you understand how your sensor glucose values are affected by things such as eating meals or when forgetting to give a bolus. The Rise Alert can be set to alert if sensor glucose is rising as follows: - SG is rising at a rate of 1 mg/dL per minute or more - SG is rising at a rate of 2 mg/dL pe Continue reading >>

Your Questions Answered: The Minimed 670g System

Your Questions Answered: The Minimed 670g System

In September, the FDA approved a big leap forward in diabetes technology, the world’s first hybrid closed loop system. The MiniMed® 670G system is designed for people with type 1 diabetes who are 14 and older. Having been diagnosed with type 1 in 1989, when blood glucose meters were bigger than the current larger iPhone, this seems amazing! The Glu team recently connected with Chief Patient officer Louis Dias about the reveal of the highly anticipated MiniMed 670G product. Let’s hear what he had to say! GluAnna: Why is the MiniMed 670G system such an important innovation in today’s world? Louis: This system is important because it has the potential to dramatically change the way individuals and families deal with the highs and lows of diabetes. What we heard from so many of the people who participated in the clinical trial was how different it made them feel both physically and emotionally, giving them that peace of mind that can be so elusive in a life with diabetes. GluAnna: That’s great! So what is new about this particular model that patients can expect from either older models or users brand new to pump therapy? Louis: If you have the product in hand, you now have the opportunity to put the device in Auto Mode, where the pump automatically adjusts the delivery of your basal insulin based on readings from our most advanced CGM sensor, called the Guardian® Sensor 3. Auto Mode works to keep you at 120 mg/dl. Instead of you always making the adjustments, testing different basal rates and basal patterns to try to match the amount of insulin you need for different times of day and activities, about every 5 minutes the system determines how much insulin to give you, based on the sensor reading – taking more than a few math problems off of your plate. It also g Continue reading >>

Medtronic 630g - Page 2 - Pumping Insulin - Diabetes Forums

Medtronic 630g - Page 2 - Pumping Insulin - Diabetes Forums

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. Thanks meyery2k. This site actually saved me from long term complications with all of the helpful advice I got along the way. I get a lot of false lows. Example, was bowling in my league and the alarm was constant, telling me I was in the 50's and 40's. checked with finger stick and was 130-140. Then the only other sensor I received so far was a bad bleeder. After dealing with that one only reading 40-50 at all times for 24 hours I took it out. I will need to find a better spot for the sensor. I have muscular legs, so that is out. And my back hip would be impossible to do without assistance. I am against assistance for the simple reason that I do not always have my RN wife with me. So.... yeah. Hopefully the ones I receive today will be better than the first 2 sensors. Calibration takes 15 minutes and if you don't press calibrate within seconds of the finger stick it isn't very good. I would recommend a very good taping ritual. Additionally calibration is effected by Bolusing or eating. So the best times would seem to be counter intuitive. If you calibrate in the AM upon waking I don't recommend a correction or food for at least 30-60 minutes. Same with any other time you calibrate. So far the CGM function has been, disappointing to put it mildly. I have so little confidence in the numbers that the last 2 days of the 1st sensor I turned off all alarms at night so I could sleep. I calibrate up to 5 times the first day or two to get the CGM data normalized ASAP. Typically before meals, waking n before bed. Otherwise the forced calibration catches me during awkward times such as middle o the night or a period where bg will be high which throws the algorit Continue reading >>

Remote Bolus | Medtronic Diabetes

Remote Bolus | Medtronic Diabetes

Device: MiniMed 630G insulin pump (MMT-1715K) Remote Bolus allows you to send a Normal Bolus or Preset Bolus remotely from your meter. When the MiniMed 630G insulin pump is connected to the ContourNEXT LINK 2.4 meter, it allows you to deliver a remote bolus from the pump. The Remote Bolus option on your pump must be turned on. 2. Press down to Utilities and press select. 4. Select On when the Remote Bolus screen appears. Do not calculate a bolus using a blood glucose meter results taken from an Alternative Site (palm) or from a control solution test. Follow these steps to deliver a bolus from your meter: 1. If you have tested, press Bolus on the meter while the test result is displayed 2. Select Manual Bolus. If you have a Preset Bolus set in your pump, it can also be delivered from the meter.* 3. Use the UP button on the meter to set the bolus amount. 4. Press Yes to send the bolus from the meter to your pump. 5. A confirmation screen will appear on the meter. 6. The bolus delivery appears on the pump as it is delivering. Continue reading >>

Setting Your Dual Wave Bolus | Medtronic Diabetes

Setting Your Dual Wave Bolus | Medtronic Diabetes

MiniMed 630G System Support > Setting Your Dual Wave Bolus Device: MiniMed 630G insulin pump (MMT-1715K) A Dual Wave Bolus delivers a combination of an immediate Normal bolus followed by a Square Wave bolus. You might use a Dual Wave bolus when you eat meals that are high in both carbs and fat which may delay digestion, or when your meal bolus is combined with a correction bolus for a high BG. The Dual Wave bolus delivery option is available only after you turn on the Dual Wave feature. 4. Select Dual Wave to turn the feature on or off. To deliver a Dual Wave bolus with the Bolus Wizard feature: 3. If you are not using a wireless connected compatible meter, you can select BG to manually enter your BG meter reading. 4. For a food bolus, select Carbs to enter the carb count of your meal. 5. Review your calculated Bolus amount. If you want to change the amount select Bolus and make your desired change. 6. Select Next to review your bolus information. 7. Select Dual. The Bolus Wizard screen appears, with the food amount split evenly between the Now and Square portions. 8. To change the amounts, if needed, select the Now value and press up or down to the desired amount. When you adjust the Now amount, the Square amount adjusts automatically. 9. Adjust the Duration for the delivery of the Square Wave portion to be delivered. The duration can be from 30 minutes to 8 hours. 10. Select Deliver Bolus to start your bolus. During a Dual Wave delivery, the Home screen shows the progress of the Now portion of your delivery. When the Now portion is complete, the pump will return to the Home screen and the Bolus button on your Home screen appears as Bolus (D). You can select Bolus (D) to stop the bolus, to see details on the amount of bolus insulin delivered, or to access the Bolus me Continue reading >>

Medtronic Minimed® 630g Insulin Pump System

Medtronic Minimed® 630g Insulin Pump System

The MiniMed® 630G Insulin Pump System is a complete solution designed for advanced diabetes control. Waterproof design with a user-friendly color screen and simple menu Built-in CGM allows for wireless transmittal of glucose information Remote insulin dosing with the Bolus Wizard®, which helps to calculate mealtime insulin and may avoid insulin stacking Continuously delivers insulin, with a tubing change needed only every two or three days Multiple insulin delivery settings to meet unique needs Enlite Sensor® sends readings to insulin pump every 5 minutes, helping to identify trends and make adjustments CGM tracks glucose levels throughout the day, including the effects of food or exercise Predictive alerts given up to 30 minutes ahead, if trending high or low CCS Medical offers Ascensia Diabetes Care strips for use with Medtronic pumps for many insurance plans. Continue reading >>

The Amount Of Suck The 630g Exhibits Is Only Outdone By The Metric-crap-ton Of Suck That Is The Enlite Cgm. - Diabetes

The Amount Of Suck The 630g Exhibits Is Only Outdone By The Metric-crap-ton Of Suck That Is The Enlite Cgm. - Diabetes

The amount of suck the 630G exhibits is only outdone by the metric-crap-ton of suck that is the Enlite CGM. The amount of suck the 630G exhibits is only outdone by the metric-crap-ton of suck that is the Enlite CGM. I've always read on here that Dexcom beats Enlite, but had no idea of the margin of superiority. I was previously using a Medtronic Paradigm with a Dexcom G5. Since upgrading to the 630 with Enlite I've found the whole system to be a bummer. To some people, all of this may sound nit-picky, but we wear these devices 24 hrs a day for years on end, every bit of hindrance becomes a burden when something is an extension of your body. First Medtronic has completely missed the mark with its quality of life features. "Oh cool, I can bolus from my meter now." Except it's worthless because it won't work with the Bolus Wizard (for non-medtronic users, the bolus wizard is a feature that takes your bloodsugar reading and automatically does the math for carbs, active insulin, etc and inputs your dosage) and I'd need to look at the pump to see my active insulin anyway. I've used a medtronic pump for years and the number of times that I've needed to give a manual bolus instead of using the Wizard is so small that I actually can't remember ever doing it. Oh and if your pump isn't on the home screen, you're out of luck anyway because it will give you an error. I can say that it is extremely convenient that my meter sends my bg value to my pump, though that's been a feature for quite a few generations of medtronic pumps. Then medtronic decided to childproof the pump. Previous generations of medtronic pumps had an annoying amount of warnings that had to be clicked through when changing your site and reservoir; a lot of people complained about it. But that was it, everything el Continue reading >>

Fda Approves Medtronic’s Minimed 630g System, Ships In September

Fda Approves Medtronic’s Minimed 630g System, Ships In September

By Brian Levine and Adam Brown Adds waterproof, color screen, and remote meter bolus. Will it speed FDA review of the 670G hybrid closed loop? Earlier this month, Medtronic unexpectedly announced FDA approval of the MiniMed 630G. This pump offers the same threshold (low glucose) suspend algorithm as the MiniMed 530G with Enlite, but on the company’s next-gen pump platform – adding a color screen, waterproofing, remote bolusing from the Contour Next Link glucose meter, more alarm customization, insulin on board displayed on the home screen, and other key improvements listed in the table below. The pump is approved for people 16 years and up and will begin shipping in September. Medtronic has more information posted on its website. There was a lot of confusion in the diabetes community about this product and why it is launching, so some common questions are answered below. Can current Medtronic pumpers upgrade to the 630G? Yes, but it is pricey and not covered by insurance if the pump being upgraded is less than four years old. The out of pocket cost to upgrade to the 630G is $599 for Medtronic pumps purchased after May 1, 2016 and $3,100 for pumps purchased before May 1, 2016 (assuming the old pump is sent in to Medtronic). Current MiniMed 530G/Enlite users who want the 630G’s Enlite CGM integration will also need to buy a new transmitter for $511. How does this compare to the 640G (predictive low glucose suspend) available in Europe and the MiniMed 670G (hybrid closed loop) under FDA review? The MiniMed 630G is the same pump platform as the 640G and 670G, meaning it has the same overall pump body design, waterproofing, screen, buttons, etc. However, the 630G has the simplest control algorithm in it: suspending basal insulin delivery when the low threshold is cross Continue reading >>

Extending 630g Enlite Sensor Past 6 Days

Extending 630g Enlite Sensor Past 6 Days

First time poster here. Im brand new to CGM, using the Minimed 630g with Enlite sensors. Ive been scouring the forums for advice and everyone says you can re-connect a sensor once its expired to extend the life past 6 days. I have a good site in, but every time I go to reconnect it, it says Sensor Expired. What am I missing? For example, the sensor expired this morning. I turned off the sensor connection on the pump for 20 minutes, then turned it back on so it could look for the sensor again. However, when it connects I just get the Sensor Expired message again. If I choose Start New Sensor from the Sensor Connection menu, it also gives me the Sensor Expired message. Do I have to do something differently to trick the pump into thinking its new? Sorry for the rookie question, and thanks in advance! Ive had luck taking the transmitter off of the sensor, waiting 15ish minutes, plugging it back in and telling the pump to look for a new sensor. BUT, I havent had any luck getting more than one or two more days out of the sensor before it craps out. Id be interested to see what others do as well This is what I do with my 630G with Enlite sensors (YMMV): 1, Turn off the sensor from the pump a few minutes to hour or so before the sensor expires (not sure if its necessary to do this before sensor end but thats what I do). 2. Carefully disconnect the transmitter from the sensor and recharge the transmitter. Be sure to do this with as little movement of the sensor as possible. You might need help with this step if your sensor is in an atypical place like back of arm (thats where Ive been putting my sensor with great results). 3. Reconnect the transmitter to the sensor after it fully charges. Put your choice of overlay tape over the transmitter (I use IV3000). 4. Start the sensor f Continue reading >>

Come On, Medtronic, Now You’re Just Trolling Us

Come On, Medtronic, Now You’re Just Trolling Us

Why did Medtronic choose to come out with a non-predictive pump and put it in the shell of a predictive pump? Commentary Okay, I will be the first to admit that I scan emails way too quickly, but the recent press release I got from Medtronic left me more than a bit frustrated. The email in question announced the U.S. release of the Medtronic 630G pump system. It included a few other numbers, too – namely “640G” and “530G”. I saw the “640G” and got all excited, only to later figure out that the 630G is closer to the 530G than it is to the 640G. Did you get that? If you’re not a pump geek, let me explain. In 2013, Medtronic put out the first insulin pump that could shut off insulin delivery if CGM readings got to a preset “low” point. This was the 530G, and it was revolutionary, as research showed that it would help cut the risk of nighttime hypoglycemia. Then, in 2015, Medtronic did itself one better by putting out a pump that could predict if blood sugar levels were going to trend low, and adjust insulin delivery based on that information. This was the 640G. Again, cue the fanfare and the fireworks, as this was the closest we’ve gotten to an artificial pancreas, or a pump that automatically adjusts your insulin levels for you. Only problem was that the 640G was not available in the U.S. Now, this year, Medtronic has been telling everyone and their uncle that not only was it going to be the first company with a single-chamber artificial pancreas, but that the era of the artificial pancreas was nigh. How nigh? Like “this year or next year” nigh. Like “already submitted to the FDA for approval” nigh. So all of us in the diabetes blogosphere have been waiting with extremely baited breath. It is against this backdrop that Medtronic decides to dr Continue reading >>

Our Decision To Switch To Medtronic Minimed 630g Insulin Pump Part 1

Our Decision To Switch To Medtronic Minimed 630g Insulin Pump Part 1

Our Decision to Switch to Medtronic Minimed 630G Insulin Pump Part 1 A few months ago, I was at home with the kids, and didnt feel quite right. After a quick fingerstick, I saw that I was in the 20s. In a panic, I couldnt get anyone on the phone to talk with me until my sugars came up. I began to eat the kitchen as it were. I finally reached my sister-in-law, who came to sit with the kids until I could get back to myself again. After that day, I was scared out of my mind to go below 100 if I was at home with the kids by myself. So, I started running my numbers highermuch higher than Im comfortable withand I knew I would be risking damage doing so. Thats when I realized, Dexcom Share wasnt enough. Its great to be able to Share and have people call to check on youbut what if they cant actuallyreachyou? My son and daughter cant use my iPhone just yet (he cant remember my unlock code), and neitherknow how to use a glucagon kit. I looked into the Loop system, but honestly, while I love that everyone is so willing to jump on board, Im not.Im not confident in my own abilities to make this thing happen since its something done from home. I dont mind tinkering and playing with Nightscout because its not directly affecting my insulin dosing, whereas the Loop system does. Thats a-okay if youre on it, Im not trying to down the system or anything. Im just not comfortable with the idea of using it myself. So, we looked into Medtronic. I know. Its known as the big evil empire of the insulin pump world. And, while I am interested in the 670G, I was more interested it the 630G since it suspends insulin if the user is low. I know this is the exact same technology as 530G, but somewhere along the way, theyve improved the CGM technology. I kept reading about how sucky the 530G was but tha Continue reading >>

Review: Medtronic’s Minimed 630g Insulin Pump

Review: Medtronic’s Minimed 630g Insulin Pump

I have used the Minimed 630G Insulin Pump System by Medtronic for the past 30 days. This review is my opinion of the pump, both positive and negative. I have used insulin pumps since I got my first Disetronic H-Tron V-100 in 1994. I got a Minimed 506 pump in 1998 and have been a fan of the Minimed/Medtronic pumps since. Until now. Minimed 630G Insulin Pump System The Minimed 630G Insulin Pump System comes with the pump, the CGM transmitter, and a Contour Next Link 2.4 blood glucose meter. The three devices work well together, once set up right. Medtronic also has an early access program. This lets you buy the Minimed 630G now, and upgrade to the upcoming Minimed 670G in spring of 2017. Receiving the Pump The 630G Pump comes in several boxes. The pump comes in an 8″x10″x2.25″ box that has the pump and several small items like clips, batteries, a manual, and a quick start guide. Another box of the same size has the Contour Next Link 2.4 meter. A second box arrived a few days later with the infusion sets and reservoirs, followed by another box a few days later with the CGM sensors. I got another box a week later with the CGM transmitter. In the past, the local Medtronic trainer would call me to train me on using the pump, with a request not to use it before the training. I normally ignore this request, since I have used Minimed pumps for so long. I do go to these trainings every once in a while, but I was never contact this time. Unusual, considering how new this version of the pump is. Even so, the pump was fairly easy to set up. I also got a pile of 8.5″x11″ manuals. One was a “previous pump users manual” and one was a “pump users manual’. There was a large manual in the box that had everything in it. And another “how to use the CGM” manual. Quite d Continue reading >>

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