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[IP] Disetronic Pumps
I'm not sure about your specifics, but my now 9
yo daughter uses a Disetronic, so maybe some of this will be
We chose the Disetronic for several reasons. The
biggest necessity for us was its waterproofness. Stephanie tried quite a few
different styles of infusion sets before we decided on which brand of pump to
buy. The only one she was comfortable with was the Rapid set, made by
Disetronic. Unfortunately, these don't come in quick release, and because
Stephanie loves to swim, we felt for us, the waterproof feature of the
Disetronic was essential. (mini-med offers a sport guard case which is
waterproof, but is somewhat bulky, so I've heard.)
Secondly, Disetronic sells their pumps in pairs.
At first, I thought this implied an increased likelihood of it breaking down,
but after talking to lots of folks, I realized that Disetronic is required by
law to sell them in pairs in Europe, and simply found it easier to do so in the
US as well. I really like the security provided by having the backup in our
posession...Stephanie LOVES her pump, and would be horrified at having to go
back to MDI.
Disetronic doesn't have the cool colors of the
Mini-med (to an 8 year old, that was a biggie!), but we've come to like the
clear quite well... it's really nice to be able to glance at the pump and see
how much insulin is left in the cartridge! We also have found the Disetronic to
be very sturdy...It's fallen on a sidewalk while Steph was jumping rope (it
bounced out of her pocket) and has spent long days in the water at the beach
with no problems at all in terms of sand, etc.
We've only been at this for 6 months, but so
far, we've had excellent experiences. The Disetronic rep here in Colorado is
wonderful (the Mini-med fellow was much less so) and its nice to have someone
pleasant and helpful to rely on (I've heard lots of stories about just the
opposite being true about reps in various parts of the country, so call both
companies in your area).
As you'll read on the IP list over and over,
Your Mileage May Vary!