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Medtronic - Minimed 640g

Medtronic - Minimed 640g

Tweet Medtronic’s MiniMed 640G marks another step forward for insulin pump technology as it features the SmartGuard algorithm which uses CGM data to predict and prevent hypos. The MiniMed 640G also marks the first of Medtronic’s insulin pumps to feature a colour screen. As with other Medtronic pumps, the 640G is available as two different models, the MMT-1512, which has a smaller 180 unit reservoir and the MMT-1712, which is about 1 cm taller but allows for a 300 unit reservoir. Features SmartGuard - can predict and prevent most hypos Integration with Enlite II CGM sensors Integrated with Contour NEXT Link 2.4 blood glucose meter 8 basal patterns 180 unit and 300 unit reservoirs available Colour screen –with light adjusting display Designed for easy use by both left-handed and right-handed people In addition to its colour screen, the 640G also makes navigating around menus easier than on Medtronic’s previous pumps, meaning less button presses needed to operate certain functions and change settings. Disadvantages The 640G has integration with the Bayer Contour NEXT Link 2.4 blood glucose meter, which allows you to send bolus dose instructions to the pump. However, the 640G does not provide the same level of control by remote provided by other manufacturers. The 640G is a little larger than Medtronic’s Paradigm Veo pump. SmartGuard The main technology leap made by the 640G is its SmartGuard feature. Medtronic’s previous insulin pump, the Paradigm Veo, had a low glucose suspend feature which meant, that when used with an Enlite CGM sensor, the pump would cease delivering insulin if blood sugar levels became low and therefore helped to reduce the chances of a severe hypo occurring. SmartGuard takes this a step further as the software is able to predict when hypo Continue reading >>

Swimming On The Pump

Swimming On The Pump

There is a belief that insulin pump users will not have any problems swimming. This may be true for those that dabble in a swimming pool but it is definitely not true for those that swim any distance or do such crazy things as flip turns and racing dives. I have had type 1 diabetes for 60 years. I switched to the pump last year because it allows me to change basal rates throughout a 24-hour period which seems to be the best thing for my somewhat “brittle” diabetic profile. I also use Humalog in my pump because it provides the rapid action ideal for use with a pump. I was a competitive swimmer in university and am now competing in Master’s swimming. Since I am a professor of oceanography at the University of British Columbia, water has always been part of my life. Since starting the pump I’ve had to come to grips with the challenges of trying to swim a workout and swimming in competition. Believe me, there have been some problems – but fortunately I have overcome them with a few unique twists and turns so to speak. You might wonder, are pumps really waterproof? MiniMed makes a case that provides a waterproof container for its pump and Disetronic makes a pump that is waterproof after the insulin chamber vents are plugged with the tappet they provide. It should be noted, however, that in both cases, the term “waterproof” means close to the surface, probably less than nine feet in depth. This means that with either pump, waterproofing can be done easily but don’t rely on your pump for scuba diving. One problem I’ve experienced is what to do with my pump when I wear a racing suit for workouts and for competition. Stopping to disconnect and reconnect is definitely not a time-saving thing in a triathlon event and is not recommended during any multi-event swim Continue reading >>

Technology Helps People With Diabetes Worry Less About Lows

Technology Helps People With Diabetes Worry Less About Lows

(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease to manage, and it can be extremely challenging for people with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels within an ideal target range. While reducing high blood sugar – or hyperglycemia – is important since high blood sugar can lead to long-term complications like cardiovascular disease and nerve damage, reducing low blood sugar – or hypoglycemia – can be a matter of life or death. Low blood sugar is a condition that can cause confusion, disorientation and loss of consciousness; in the worst cases it can result in coma or death. The average person with type 1 diabetes has two lows a week that they’re aware of – and untold ones they’re not – with more than half experiencing lows at least once a night.[1] Phyllis Kaplan of Boston has had type 1 diabetes for most of her life and has first-hand experience with hypoglycemia. “I have a history of severe lows at night, when it’s most challenging to manage my glucose levels,” Kaplan says. “It was very scary thinking that I was lucky to wake up.” “Low blood sugar at night is of particular concern, as that is when up to 75 percent of severe hypoglycemia occurs and patients are unlikely to be aware of symptoms while they are asleep,” says Dr. Satish Garg of the University of Colorado Denver, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. SmartGuard™ technology, the latest advancement developed by Medtronic, is helping to combat this problem and reduce lows*. Available in the Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump systems with continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), SmartGuard technology is the only feature available in the U.S. that takes action against lows*. Continued delivery of insulin, which is designed to lower blood sugar levels, when the person with diabetes is alrea Continue reading >>

I’m Not Getting A T:slim

I’m Not Getting A T:slim

Update 1/11/2013: If you are reading this for the first time, please also read my January 11, 2013 post, in which I express a change-of-heart on many of the sentiments expressed here. * * * Have you heard? There’s a slick new gadget in town — an insulin pump called the t:slim. It’s all the rage these days, and it seems all the cool kids are getting one. But my thirty-eight-year old bald-headed, glasses-wearing self is anything but cool. (Actually, glasses and insulin pumps really are cool, just not on me). I don’t plan on getting one. In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, let me explain what the t:slim is. It’s the newest addition to the insulin pump market. They’ve shattered the mold when it comes to insulin pumps, and re-cast it into something sleek and shiny,resembling a touch-screen cell phone. It’s flat and has a large, vibrant color touch-screen. One look, and anybody would instantly be WOW’ed by it. I sure was. (Worth noting: I’ve never actually held, or even seen it. I’ve read about it and looked at pictures and videos of it, but that’s all. Allison put together a great video recap on DiabetesMine of the new pump, which was quite influential in what you’re about to read here. So while you may think this makes my review meaningless, I like to think it is objective – and not seduced by the t:slim’s irrefutable sexiness.) As you probably know, I’ve been using Medtronic pumps for years. The MedT is the complete opposite of sexy. It’s boxy, has five ginormous buttons, and a tiny lo-res black-and-white LCD display. It resembles a pager. Pagers were sexy in 1984, but not today. Sadly, many sexy people also lose that appeal after twenty-eight years, but at the same time, we learn to value compatibility, intuition, and it’s-n Continue reading >>

Important Safety Information About Minimed Veo

Important Safety Information About Minimed Veo

Customer support At Medtronic, we are committed to continually evaluating and improving the quality and reliability of our products and services. Through our monitoring system, we have learned about potential issues and we would like to inform you about these and provide recommendations regarding the usage of our pumps. Sensor Graph Timeout (Only VEO) LOOSE DRIVE SUPPORT CAP (ONLY VEO) What do I need to do if I drop my insulin pump or I have a young child on pump therapy and she/he drops the insulin pump all the time. Should I be concerned? WATER DAMAGE (ONLY VEO) I wear my insulin pump when I play sports and work out. I wear my insulin pump in my sports bra but it has a great exposure to sweat. Should I be concerned with the repeated exposure and if so, what are the suggestions to this scenario? Your MiniMed Veo insulin pump has an IPX7 rating, why are you recommending customers to disconnect from the insulin pump during any water activity? Continue reading >>

Medtronic Insulin Pump Infusion Sets Recalled

Medtronic Insulin Pump Infusion Sets Recalled

Medtronic has again voluntarily recalled specific lots of its infusion sets, available to patients since April 2017, used with Medtronic insulin pumps. A component, the vent membrane, in the infusion set is defective. The defective vent membrane is susceptible to being blocked by insulin during the priming or filling the tubing process. This can lead to a potential over-delivery of insulin, which can cause hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. Medtronic has stated that they will replace the defective infusion sets with new infusion sets without the defective component. What to Do Patients can determine if they have recalled infusion sets by clicking here. For a copy of the U.S. recall notification letter, click here. If you have experienced an issue with the use of a Medtronic infusion set, please report it to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) 24-hour helpline at +1–800-204‑7616. Patients can also report adverse events to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program: Fax report: +1–800-FDA-0178 Continue reading >>

Insulin Pump Cases – All Boys’ Models With Belt – Save 25%

Insulin Pump Cases – All Boys’ Models With Belt – Save 25%

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Waterproof Insulin Pumps

Waterproof Insulin Pumps

Tweet Insulin pumps are designed to be able to comfortably withstand temporary exposure to water. This means that if you get splashed or your insulin pump drops into the sink when washing, it shouldn’t malfunction if it’s soon dried with a towel. Some pumps have been designed specifically with greater waterproof protection in mind and have been tested to confirm their waterproof capabilities. Image text: Some insulin pumps have been specifically designed to be waterproof Which insulin pumps are waterproof? Insulin pumps need to be waterproof to some degree but some have been shown to be more waterproof than others. The following list shows to which depths and which durations different insulin pumps have been shown to be waterproof: Lifescan Animas Vibe: 3.6m depth for up to 24 hours (IPX-8) DANA Diabecare R: 3m depth for 24 hours (IPX-8) Ypsomed mylife OmniPod: 7.6m depth for up to 1 hour (IPX-8) Accu-Chek Spirit Combo: 2.4m depth for up to 1 hour (IPX-8) Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Veo: This pump is not waterproof - slightest moisture may damage the pump Note that handheld remote devices for these insulin pumps are not waterproof and should not be exposed to water. Can these pumps be used in the bath, shower or swimming pool? Yes, waterproof pumps can be used for bathing, showering or spending time in a swimming pool as long as you keep within the depths and times specified by the pump. Are there any limitations to using waterproof insulin pumps? Aside from time and depth considerations given above, there are also some other limitations which need to be taken into consideration. Waterproof insulin pumps should not be exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time as this could affect the quality of the insulin inside. It is therefore recommended to discon Continue reading >>

Unitedhealthcare's Medtronic Deal Sparks Furor, But A Year Later, Innovation Continues

Unitedhealthcare's Medtronic Deal Sparks Furor, But A Year Later, Innovation Continues

UnitedHealthcare has not released numbers on how many patients are affected by its exclusivity deal with Medtronic. While the initial press stories criticizing the transaction have died down, a JDRF initiative calls on insurers to preserve patient choice. When UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced in May 2016 that it would only cover insulin pumps made by Medtronic for most adults, patient advocates decried the news as both a major loss for those affected and, quite possibly, a harbinger of a world where exclusivity pacts stifled competitive innovation. Investors, it seemed, were in full agreement. Shares of smaller pump maker Tandem Diabetes Care immediately dropped 20% when news of the deal became public.1 Such predictions, however, may prove overly dramatic. The past 16 months have seen Medtronic sign an outcomes-based payment agreement with another insurer, but no insurer has followed UHC’s lead and signed exclusivity pacts with Medtronic or any other pump maker. If UHC patients are protesting the policy, they have been less visible in recent months. The exclusivity deal helped inspire a campaign by JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation),2 but the early media coverage has waned. As for the deal’s impact on UHC patients, outsiders are forced to guess. UHC has declined to disclose any figures related to the policy: how many of its policyholders use insulin pumps, what pumps they chose before the transition, or how many have switched to Medtronic after preferred pumps broke or were out of warranty. An estimated 1.25 million3 (0.4%) of the nation’s 325 million people4 have type 1 diabetes (T1D). Estimates of the percentage of American patients with T1D who use a pump vary, but the JDRF currently reports the figure at 40%.5 Roughly 75% of all pump use Continue reading >>

T1d Exchange Data Shows Patients Want Choice In Devices And Therapies

T1d Exchange Data Shows Patients Want Choice In Devices And Therapies

The recent news that UnitedHealthcare has chosen Medtronic as its preferred insulin pump provider has elicited a strong reaction from type 1 diabetes stakeholders, including patients, advocates, businesses and organizations. We applaud these efforts to collectively demonstrate how this business decision will impact diabetes patients and the overall health care system, and offer our perspective using evidence from T1D Exchange research, including clinic registry data and community feedback collected online at Glu (Myglu.org) – a community of nearly 17,000 people touched by type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a mission-driven research organization focused on improving T1D outcomes , we at T1D Exchange urge UnitedHealthcare to reconsider this decision to limit patient choice and reduce access to insulin pumps. Details of this Preferred Relationship There is no immediate change if a UnitedHealthcare member is using a different pump until that pump is out of warranty (typically within 4 years). Members 18 years and younger, members with Medicare Advantage plans, Sierra Health and Life commercial plans are not part of this preferred relationship with Medtronic. Additionally, for patients who would be covered by the preferred relationship, there may be exceptions if clinical indications support use of an insulin pump other than Medtronic Minimed. These cases will be determined one-on-one with the prescribing physician and, if approved, would be covered at the in-network benefit level. This announcement comes at a time when there is both: a need for greater adoption of today’s pump technologies to help improve care and outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes; and great excitement and hope for next-generation insulin pumps which might include closed loop systems, integrations with sm Continue reading >>

Eras Of Diabetes Management

Eras Of Diabetes Management

PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING (CGM) Barb Tallant, RN, MA Laurel Messer, RN, BSN, CCRP CGM vs. CGM Real-Time Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) Retrospective analysis of data Real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) Retrospective analysis of data PLUS Continuous feedback of data to the wearer in “real time†Additional features such as alarms, trend arrows Medtronic Minimed CGMS® Gold™ Readings recorded every 5 minutes, glucose range 40-400 mg/dl Patient manually enters at least 4 BG values/day Data downloaded from device to computer and HCP can evaluate trends with wearer CGM-RT systems Medtronic/Minimed Guardian® RT (only available in select cities) Medtronic/Minimed Paradigm® Real-Time (CGM available June 19) Freestyle Navigator™ (Investigational Device/Non-FDA approved)) DexCom™ STS™ (available and approved for adults) CGM-RT systems Medtronic/Minimed Guardian® RT (only available in select cities) Medtronic/Minimed Paradigm® Real-Time (CGM available June 19) Freestyle Navigator™ (Investigational Device/Non-FDA approved)) DexCom™ STS™ (available and approved for adults) CGM-RT systems Medtronic/Minimed Guardian® RT (only available in select cities) Medtronic/Minimed Paradigm® Real-Time (CGM available June 19) Freestyle Navigator™ (Investigational Device/Non-FDA approved)) DexCom™ STS™ (available and approved for adults) CGM-RT systems Medtronic/Minimed Guardian® RT (only available in select cities) Medtronic/Minimed Paradigm® Real-Time (CGM available June 19) Freestyle Navigator™ (Investigational Device/Non-FDA approved) DexCom™ STS™ (available and approved for adults) CGM-RT systems Medtronic/Minimed Guardian® RT (only ava Continue reading >>

Newsflash: Medtronic Launches New Minimed 630g System

Newsflash: Medtronic Launches New Minimed 630g System

A new Medtronic insulin pump is now available in the United States, introducing a new des ign and color-screen as part of a complete makeover to these diabetes devices that have fundamentally looked the same for 30 years! Say hello to the Minimed 630G, which Medtronic announced on Thursday after receiving the FDA's Pre-Market Approval on Aug. 10. This news caught many by surprise, as the California pump-CGM company hadn't previewed this product in advance as they typically do before launches. Instead, they've focused on their forthcoming 670G hybrid closed loop system, expected to be the first-gen commercial Artficial Pancreas system to hit market in 2017. A number of users are actually upset that they weren't warned of this interim product launch, because they've recently purchased new products or upgrades. Others were holding out for the future closed loop system. So we're all wondering: Just what is this 630G that we've heard nothing about before? Remember, Medtronic got FDA approval in September 2013 for its 530G that automatically stops insulin delivery once a user crosses a certain low glucose level. That was step one in moving toward closed loop technology. Next up is their Predictive Low Glucose Suspend (PLGS) features that can anticipate oncoming hypos in advance and shut off insulin to prevent them from happening. That's built into the Minimed 640G system that hit the market outside the U.S. in early 2015. Medtronic ultimately decided it would not pursue bringing that device to the U.S., opting instead to leapfrog that model and focus on getting the first hybrid closed loop 670G to market in 2017. So now, it seems we're getting this 630G as a sort of stop-gap device in between the two D-tech generations. Here's a quick glance at the Minimed 630G: Fresh Design: Continue reading >>

The Minimed 640g Insulin Pump With Smartguard®

The Minimed 640g Insulin Pump With Smartguard®

MiniMed system WORKING HARD TO KEEP GLUCOSE LEVELS UNDER CONTROL? Since many factors can affect your glucose levels, such as diet, exercise and stress levels, you may need a system that can give you better control: an intelligent system. The MiniMed® 640G system features innovative technology to more closely mimic the way a healthy pancreas delivers basal insulin to the body in order to help you to achieve better control. >To request more information about the MiniMed 640G insulin pump, feel free to contact us HERE. Continue reading >>

Three Months With The Medtronic 640g – Time For A Review And Comparison With The Spirit Combo That I Used Previously

Three Months With The Medtronic 640g – Time For A Review And Comparison With The Spirit Combo That I Used Previously

To summarise it, as a pump, it does little differently, aside from a less functional remote control, however it has a few bells and whistles, that, for me at least, make it an amazing option. But if you want to know more, then read on. The 640G – Form and Function as a pump In May, I got my hands (finally) on one of these, being funded by the NHS: On a basic level, if I was to make a comparison, in terms of “On-Pump” functionality, I think the combo and the 640G both do very similar things. They have the same range of pump functionality, in that they both offer multiple basal rates, have normal, square and dual/multiwave bolusing, and do what pumps do. Both also offer a form of bolus wizard that allows you to enter a load of data and then have the system calculate what your bolus should be. Whilst the functionality is the same, the “how” the functionality is delivered is very different. Why? The remote control. As everybody knows by now, the Spirit Combo includes a linked Aviva “Expert” meter (which for many is a killer feature of the pump), on to which all the Bolus Wizard data is entered. Then when you blood test, the bolus amount is sent to the pump to deliver. In the case of the 640G, whilst you do the blood test on the Ascensia Contour Next-Link 2.4 (bit of a mouthful that), and the test result is sent to the pump, you enter all the data on the pump, which is where it does the calculations. The other thing that the meter has is a full emulator of the pump functionality, so that, if you wish, you can hide the pump away and run it all remotely. This is not something that you can do with the 640G. The only option there is to offer a remote bolus, which is similar functionality to the old “bolus button” you could get for the Veo pumps. For many, this Continue reading >>

Your Health

Your Health

ABOUT DIABETES Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The exact cause of diabetes is unknown, although both genetic and environmental factors, as well as lifestyle issues (for example, obesity and lack of exercise) appear to play roles. There are two major types of diabetes, known as Type 1 and Type 2. ABOUT TYPE 1 DIABETES Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in children and teenagers, and for this reason was once called “juvenile onset diabetes.” However, people of all ages can be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The cause is unknown, though there seems to be a strong family link that can be triggered by environmental factors such as viruses. Type 1 diabetes does not appear to be related to lifestyle or obesity. Type 1 diabetes occurs most often in children and young adults and accounts for 10-15% of diabetes cases in Australia.1 ABOUT TYPE 2 DIABETES Type 2 diabetes affects over 1 million people in Australia, making it the most common form of diabetes.2 While it was once called “adult onset diabetes”, children and teenagers can develop Type 2 diabetes as well. Continue reading >>

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