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RE: [IPk] Animas pump


I have also tested the Mini Med, and that is my main comparison.

The light is an independent button which can be activated at any time. On
the Mini Med I could only activate the light prior to activating functions.

Yes, you can abandon, I just liked the Mini Med's escape button!

The CarbSmart Feature is excellent, you can plug in your insulin/carb ratios
(and blood glucose, if desired) and it will come up with a magic figure to

I have not missed the IOB as yet. Can someone else comment on this?

I'm not finely tuned enough yet to move beyond whole units! Can someone else
comment on this?

As far as cannulas are concerned, Animas do provide their own 45 and 90
degree sets. I also (cheekily) asked Roche and Medtronic to send me a bag of
90 degree samples through the post, which are compatible with the Animas
pump. I'm making a final decision next week. 

The Roche one I liked is the Flex Link. They have a variety of lead lengths.
The cannula is smoother than a baby's bum, and they also supply separate
needles (I'm really grateful for this, as I keep getting it wrong!) 

Medtronic have their Quick Set, fantastic design with an insertion plunger.
I only got it wrong once using the plunger. The set is designed so that the
cannula is filled prior to insertion. 

Speaking as a girly, I really like the Animas funky pump covers. I also hope
to get hold of the gizmo which sits at the back of the pump and tidies up
excess cable!

-----Original Message-----
From: June Searle [mailto:email @ redacted] 
Sent: 20 June 2006 17:04
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IPk] Animas pump

Thanks Celeste for your reply.  What is it about the light you like?  You 
mention there is no escape button and there isn't on the one I already use. 
In order to escape, I just abandon what I was doing and it returns to 
default mode.  Is this the same?

How clear do you find the writing on the screen?  How good have you found it

inserting your food and it working out your bolus?  I presume you are new to

a pump.  If so I can't ask you whether it helps to avoid you going hypo by 
knowing more about the insulin on board.  Do you use any miniscule or finely

set basels using the 0.025 feature?  How difficult do you find the canulas 
to insert?  Have you had any difficulties with it.

Sorry for all the questions but I do not know anyone who uses one.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peachey Celeste (Devon Partnership Trust)" 
<email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 2:48 PM
Subject: RE: [IPk] Animas pump

> Hi June
> I am currently trialling an Animas pump. If you are interested, I 
> recommend
> you contact Estelle on 01926 494222 for a month's trial.
> I particularly like the lithium battery (makes the pump v lightweight) and
> the light button. I dislike not having an escape button. But there's no 
> such
> thing as the perfect pump (yet!)
> The customer service from Animas is particularly praiseworthy.
> Cheers
> Celeste
> -----Original Message-----
> From: June Searle [mailto:email @ redacted]
> Sent: 20 June 2006 13:56
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IPk] Animas pump
> Hi
> I have been looking at the comparison chart for pumps and am very 
> interested
> in the Animas.  Does anyone on here use one and what made you choose it?
> For
> me, it seems to have minute (0.025) basel increments possible and I like 
> the
> sound of the bolus calculator.  Also it looks as if the screen in larger
> proportionately than the other pumps.
> June
> .
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