Pumping InsulinInsulin Pump Comparisons

Copyright 2008 by Megan from NY and Insulin Pumpers
    Accu-chek Spirit Animas/One Touch Ping Dana Diabecare II Deltec Cozmo 1800 Minimed 522 Minimed 722 Nipro Amigo Omnipod
General Info Time/Date on home screen? Time, not date Time, not date Yes Yes Time, not date Yes Yes
Cartridge Size 315 units 200 units 300 units 300 units 176 units 300 units 300 units 200 units
Connection Type Standard Standard Proprietary Standard Proprietary Standard Self enclosed (angled)
Colors Blue, skins available Silver, blue, black, pink, green White, gray, blue, black Green, Dark Blue, Black Clear, purple, blue, smoke, skins available Midnight, flamingo, grape, snow, solar, pacific White pod, silver manager
Backlight? Yes Yes, turn on from any screen, pump and meter Yes Yes, turn on from sleep mode or always on when active Yes, turn on from any screen Yes Yes
Dimensions 3.2 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches Unavailable, slightly larger than Animas 2020 2.95 x 1.77 x 0.75 inches  3.5 x 2 x .75 inches 2 x 3 x .8 inches 2 x 3.6 x .8 inches 3.28 x 2.18 x .93 inches (Pod: 1.6 in. x 2.4 in. x 0.7 in.) (manager: 2.6 in. x 4.3 in. x 1.0 in.) 
Weight 2.8 oz. (4.0 oz. with battery, full cartridge and infusion set) Unavailable 1.8 ounces w/o battery 2.7oz empty, 3.3 w/ battery and insulin 100 grams (3.5 oz) 108 grams (3.8 oz) 3.1 ounces Pod- 1.2 ounce/ insulin, Manager- 4 ounce w/ battery
Screen Size ? 992 sq mm, color  ? 870 sq mm  774 sq mm  774 sq mm  ? 1.75 in. x 1.75 in.
Waterproof? Waterproof for 1 hour at 8 feet 12 feet for 24 hours, not meter 12 feet for 24 hours Yes Water resistant to splashes Yes Pod is waterproof
Battery Type AA AA lithium 3.6 V DC Lithium  AAA AAA CR2 2 x AAA 
Battery Life 4 weeks 5-7 weeks 2-3 months 3 weeks 3 weeks Aprx. 30 days  
Available Since 2006 in US 2008 2000 2002 2006 2006 2005 2005 (in select areas)
Extra Features Motor Type DC DC DC DC DC Stepper ?
Reminders Alarm clock- once, or daily 2 types Bolus reminder 30 min. post meal Customizable site change, bg check, and bolus reminders with appropriate text, post hyper- or hypo- recheck reminders 30 minutes to 5 hours after meals option 10 a day Yes
Safety lock out? Keylock Temper resistant feature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Carb Info Database in PDA Store 500 foods from Calorie King on pump and meter and create a meal of up to 9 items None 9 food memory for bolus type, meal maker adds carb counts, 600 food database, customizable None None 1000 food database
CGMS Intergration None Planned for future w/ Dexcom None None Yes, with Minimed RT system (sold separately for $999 in US) None Planned for future with Dexcom
Remote Programming No Yes, via meter no No No No Yes, via PDM
Meter Communication ACCU-CHEK meter choice included, but no direct communication w/pump Ping meter, based on Ultrasmart, able to wirelessly control pump as well None, SG has meter Freestyle flash (Cozmonitor) built in, communication through IR RF wireless- Continue using BD Link, or switch to NovaLink (identical to BD, but no coding), or switch to Ultralink (US). or Contour Link (Canada) None Built in Freestyle Flash
Skins Available? Yes No no No Yes No No
Memory Last 30 of: boluses, alerts, tdd, temp rates 500 boluses,bgs, & carbs, 120 tdd, 30 alarms, 60 primes, 30 suspends, 270 basals 100 boluses,  daily totals, primes, & alarms, all with date and time 4,000 events (alarms, doses, bg, carbs, primes, setting changes) 90 days of insulin information and blood sugars 90 days on screen, 1 year total 5400 items
Software ACCU-CHEK Pocket Compass software with Bolus Calculator, ACCU-CHEK insulin pump configuration software EzManager Max- downloads from pump and meter, creates graphs, programs pump, Windows or Mac None known Cozmanager- downloads from pump and Cozmonitor, programs pump, CoPilot for data analysis.  Windows  Carelink online program for data management, ParadigmPal 2.0 for settings management, Windows only None known Omnipod Pathway, CoPilot, Omnipod Partner in future, all Windows only
    Accu-chek Spirit Animas/One Touch Ping Dana Diabecare II Deltec Cozmo Minimed 522 Minimed 722 Nipro Amigo Omnipod
Insulin Delivery Basal Profiles 5 4 ? 4 on pump, weekly programming, add more with software an alternate on pump ones 3 4: Normal, exercise, weekend, other 7
Temp Basal Options Temporary basal rate in 10% increments from 0% to 200%, and 15-minute increments from 15 min to 24 hr Adjusted from 30 minutes to 24 hours in 30 minute intervals-10% increments
-90% to 200%
0% to 200% in 25% increments for 12 hours 0-200% for 30 min. to 72 hrs, or units/ hr  Units or percentage for 30 minutes to 24 hours Units per hr, or 10-200% in 10% steps for 15 min-24 hr. Percent or unit adjustment
Basal Given every... 3 minutes 3 minutes 4 minutes 3 minutes Varies up to every 10 minutes 3 or 15 minutes ?
Basal Increment 0.1 0.025 units/hour 0-16 units per hr in 0.01 steps 0.05 units/hour 0.05 0.05 units 0.05 U/hr increments
Bolus increment 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2 units  0.05 units 0.1units (up to 10 units), 1.0units (10 to 87units)  0.05 units and up 0.1 unit min. 0.05 units, or .1 for direct bolus 0.05, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0 units 
Bolus calculator? On separate PDA Yes, using IOB, correction factor, current glucose, and carb input, pump or meter on SG model, must enter factors each time Yes, using IOB, correction factor, current glucose, and carb input Yes, using IOB, correction factor, current glucose, and carb input Yes, using IOB, correction factor, current glucose, and carb input Yes, using IOB, correction factor, current glucose, and carb input
Bolus w/o looking at screen? Yes, tactile buttons Audio bolus or Ping Remote no Yes, touch bolus Remote Remote Direct bolus Bolus w/ separate hand held device
Bolus Timing 1 unit/5 seconds Given over 1 or 4 min. 1 unit per 8 sec. Adjustable, 1-5 minutes 30 seconds ? ?
Bolus Types Standard (Quick, Scroll), Multi-wave, extended Standard, extended, combination Normal or step Standard, extended, combination, disconnet Normal, square, dual wave Normal, extended, layered Standard, extended, combination
  Alarm Options Beep in various volumes, vibrate, or both Loud, medium, or soft volume, vibrate,custom Audible Beep or vibrate Beep or vibrate Audio, vibrate, both, none ?
  Support 24/7 24/7 Healthcare Professionals ? 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7
  Warranty 4 years 4 years 4 years 4 years 4 years  Unknown 4 years
  Company Phone (800) 280-7801  (877)767-7373  1-866-747-6645 (800)826-9703  800-MINIMED    (888)651-7867 (800)591-3455 
  Company Web http://www.disetronic-usa.com/ http://animascorp.com http://www.sooil.com/english/product_dana.htm http://cozmore.com http://minimed.com www.niprodiabetes.com/home http://myomnipod.com
  Other Pros Screen reversible for easy viewing from any direction, includes PDA, menus for beginner, average, or advanced user, auto prime Sick day tips, software imports from almost any meter, custom covers, custom alarms, color screen, dedicated backlight button, PING Remote, Mac software Pre-set meal boluses Very customizible, multiple home screens, free software upgrades Strong company history, #1 prescribed pump, excellent clips available Set connects to reservoir at 90 degrees No tubing- insulin pod separate from computer part
  Other Cons New to market, no on pump bolus calculator, basal only set by hour (and you must program each hr), “service required” alarm after 6 years- resulting in pump death costly upgrades, bolus screen doesn't default to recommended bolus, lots of scrolling in programming Past problems with unfair marketing techniques and dishonesty Touch bolus button may fall off, odd shape, thick with cozmonitor attached Upgrades tend to be costly, glucose sensors costly, concerns over “floating reservoir,” concerns over the way IOB is calculated if a negative correction and a meal bolus are given together, IOB only set in hr intervals, IOB not on status screen Reminders just say “reminder” giving no indication of what event is doesn't appear to currently be available in US 72 hour pod life, new to market, no way to directly see remaining insulin in pod, IOB not on status screen