Pumping Insulin Insulin Pump Comparisons

Copyright 2007 by Megan from NY and Insulin Pumpers
Accu-chek Spirit Animas 1250 Dana Diabecare II Deltec Cozmo Minimed 515 Minimed 715 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 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 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 2.9" x 2.0" x 0.76" 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) 3.13 ounces w/ battery and full cartridge 1.8 ounces w/o battery 2.7oz empty, 3.3 w/ battery and insulin 100 grams 108 grams 3.1 ounces Pod- 1.2 ounce/ insulin, Manager- 4 ounce w/ battery
Screen Size ? 992 sq mm ? 870 sq mm 774 sq mm 774 sq mm ? 1.75 in. x 1.75 in.
Waterproof? Waterproof for 1 hour 12 feet for 24 hours 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 6-8 weeks 2-3 months 3 weeks Aprx. 30 days
Available Since 2005 2005 2000 2002 2004 2004 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 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
Meter Communication Accu-chek meter included, but no communication w/ meter, IR for data Ultrasmart meter included, but not communication None, SG has meter Freestyle flash (Cozmonitor) built in, communication through IR BD Logic, not built in, communicates through RF (BD will stop making strips in Dec '07, Minimed considering new options) None Built in Freestyle Flash
Memory Last 30 of: boluses, alerts, tdd, temp rates 600 boluses, 120 daily totals, 30 alarms, 60 primes, 30 suspends, 270 basals 100 boluses, 100 daily totals, 100 primes, 100 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 PDA- Accu-chek Compass EzManager Plus- downloads from pump and meter, creates graphs, programs pump None known Cozmanager- downloads from pump and Cozmonitor, programs pump, no graphs yet, but history reports Carelink online program for data management, ParadigmPal 2.0 for settings management None known Non known
Accu-chek Spirit Animas 1250 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 .1 .025 units/hour 0-16 units per hr in 0.01 steps .05 units/hour 0.05 .05 units 0.05 U/hr increments
Bolus increment 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2 units .05 units 0.1units (up to 10 units), 1.0units (10 to 87units) .05 units and up .1 unit min. .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 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? Buttons on side Audio bolus 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, Combination, 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 Healthcare Professionals ? 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7
  Warranty 4 years, after which it stops functioning 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 Disetronic-USA.com/ Animas Corp. Sooil Dana II Smith's Medical Cozmo Medtronic Minimed Nipro Diabeteshome Insulet OmniPod
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, set target bg by time of day, multiple insulin to carb ratios Pre-set meal boluses Very customizible, multiple home screens Upgrade to 522/722 which accepts glucose readings from Guardian RT (sold separately for $999).  Strong company history, multiple carb ratios Set connects at 90 degrees No tubing- insulin pod separate from computer part
Other Cons New to market, “turns off” after 4 years Basal times, glucose targets and sensitivity times all pre-set, glucose readings and carb amounts not stored in history Past problems with unfair marketing techniques and dishonesty Touch bolus button may fall off, odd shape Upgrades tend to be costly, glucose sensors costly, BD logic meter has had past problems Reminders just say “reminder” giving no indication of what event is 72 hour pod life, new to market, only availible in limited areas