All about Insulin Pumps for adults and children with diabetes    Pump Review Criteria
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In order to make an informed decision when choosing a pump, it is important to know what factors to use for comparison. Although each pump manufacturer can provide a wealth of quality information on their particular pump models, simple comparison charts can be unintentionally biased and there is often so much information it is easy to get overwhelmed.

In the individual reviews, descriptions of technical specifications and features will be presented for each pump. Pump technical specifications, while important in describing a pump's physical configuration and inner workings, generally have little observable impact on day-to-day usage of a pump by the wearer. Pump features, on the other hand, have more to do with how the wearer interacts with the pump on a daily basis. Since you will be living with and using the pump on a constant basis, pump features will likely weigh more heavily in your decision.

Since all insulin pumps available on the market today have gone through the rigorous FDA approval process, all pumps deliver on their promise to safely and reliably provide insulin at programmed rates (basal and bolus) regardless of features. So a potential pumper could pick any of these FDA approved devices and be assured of its safety and basic operation. However, beyond this it is also important to consider how a particular pump's functional features will work with a patient's lifestyle. The ultimate success of insulin pump therapy can be impacted by how well the pump's features complement a patient's lifestyle.

Here is a summary listing of both technical specifications and features with general descriptions which are not specific to any one particular pump. This is a collection of specifications and features found over the entire range of pumps... specific features may or may not be found on any one particular pump. See the individual reviews to determine which features a pump has.

1. Technical Specifications

2. Common Features