[IP] 45 Day eval of OmniPod
So my pump expires on April 17th of this year and I have been going back and
forth with regards to Animas and Omnipod. I have had an Animas 1250 for the
past 4 years and have no complaints with it. I was emotionally attached to
this pump which makes my decision even harder. I decided since Insulet
offers a 45 day trial, I would give it a shot and try it out.
I received the Omnipod on Friday and got right to work transferring all my
settings from the Animas to the Omnipod. First thing I noticed was that the
Basal rates can only be entered into 0.50 increments. Not a good thing for
me as I am very sensitive to basal delivery and most of my basal settings
are in the .025 settings. The second thing is upon setting up my first Pod
and placing it on my Arm and hitting go, I figure Okay no errors on the PDM
so all is good right? Checked my BG 2 hrs later and it was over 300...
Couldn't find any problems with errors and the PDM told me everything was
Removed the POD and noticed the Cannula was full of blood, one would think
this would cause an inclusion alarm... Tossed the Pod in the trash $26.00
along with 200 Units of Insulin in the barrel , setup a new Pod, this time
on my lower back waited 2hrs and checked BG again and finally back to
I attempted to extract the insulin out of the Pod but it only got 1/2 of
what I put in and lots and lots of air bubbles. This is a big drawback to
the Pods if one should go bad, thowing Insulin away is as precious as the
I noticed also, it doesn't let you change the basal rates once they are
programmed into the Pod, you can set temp basals but you cannot edit the
current Basal program. The syringes they use to fill the Pod get lots of air
bubbles, not sure why but with the Animas I rarely got any bubbles in the
You can't find out how much Insulin you have left, it only tells you that it
is > than 50 units. Weird...... You think it would check the status of the
Pod and report back the amount left in the resourvore.
The Bolus takes forever to deliver, I gave a 3.3 unit bolus a short while
ago and it took 2.30 minutes to administer... Very slow...
I have yet to find the IOB and or BOB feature as friendly as the Animas. The
calculations are also different than that of the Animas. Typically I have
the same thing every Sunday AM., An egg and cheese english muffin... 35
carbs with a small glass of milk. My BG was 71 so the Bolus I was to take
per the PDM was 30. I do as the PDM recommended, checked my BG 2 hrs later
and wham... BG is 290.
What I like...
The idea of not having tubing, def a plus with young children and lots of
door knobs in the house, the freedom to have more places for the infusion
site. the integrated BG meter, graphs and trends of Basals, Boluses and
Perhaps it will take some getting used to and in fairness to Insulet , I
will give it a month to see if it works out, so far after 24hrs, I have to
say my Animas was much more easy to use and allowed many more options in
terms of Basaling, Bolusing etc.. I think Insulet needs to add more
functionality to the PDM including the ability to download more than 4 days
worth of data. Time will tell and I shall report back with updates.
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