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>> Eric Re: [IP] dexcom VS minimed [Link for Minimed 522/722 CGM manual]


Thanks for the information.  Although I am good at researching things, 
it sometimes amazes me how an obvious search can produce such an 
accurate answer.  That's exactly what I wanted to know.

I tried the BD Link when it first came out, and then again when it was 
later supposedly "fixed".  Both times yielded results that were wildly 
off from my Ultra.  I know that you're not supposed to judge a meter's 
accurracy by comparing it to another meter, but you should be able to 
get within a few points of each other.  At least that's what my 4 Ultras 
do.  But not the BD, it was sometimes way off.  Too many times to base 
my life on.  Also, it is very sensitive to the way you apply blood to 
the strip.  While the Ultra has it's own idiosyncracies, I can always 
tell in advance when I'm going to get an Er 5 from not enough blood.  
When I was sent the second BD Link meter, I read the package insert that 
came with the strips, and the accuracy margins are greater for the BD 
than for the Ultra.  Although it's not as "slick" as having the BG 
results transmitted directly to the pump, entering the results into the 
pump manually is not a big deal.

I'm looking forward to CGM becoming mainstream enough for insurance to 
cover it and, hopefully, for it to be made into a smaller transmitter 
and/or possibly having the sensor cannula combined with the infusion set 
cannula.  Once it gets to the second generation, I will get it.

Antonio in LA,Age 40, Type 1 since 1993
MiniMed Paradigm 515, OneTouch Ultra, MiniMed Carelink and PAL software

Eric Jensen wrote:
> Antonio <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> What I wanted to know is how the entries for *CGM calibration* are
>> made, either manually, as described, or via RF or direct link with a
>> glucometer, and if so, which one.
> Antonio:
> The manual for the 522/722 says (page 23):
> "After the two hour initialization period you must enter a blood glucose
>  (BG) reading into the pump to calibrate the sensor. If you are using
>  the Paradigm Link this will be done automatically with each
>  fingerstick."
> Do you have their "Paradigm Link" meter?  If so, how do you like it?
> I've always used Lifescan meters (and now am back to my old OneTouch
> Ultra, since it's the only way to calibrate the Dexcom).  But when I get
> my Minimed pump, I wonder if I should switch meters.  Any comparison of
> the two?
> Thanks,
> Eric
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