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Re: [IPk] Re:Animas vs Minimed Pump and other umps

Hi Karen
Thanks for the comprehensive report, but some of your comments are 
incorrect and/or out of date.
For example, the Minimed pumps have NEVER given pulses only 3 times an 
hour! I don't know where you get that information from! I find the 
cartridges very easy to fill, and although I do occasionally have bubble 
problems, it's pretty rare (maybe a few times a year) and have certainly 
never had DKA as a result! ALso you can get an adapter so that you can 
use Luer lock type fittings and sets, so you're not actually restricted 
to only MM sets. All the sets use different adhesives etc and there are 
also other solutions if you are allergic to them or the tape. And many 
people find the CGMS fantastic (the earlier versions were not so 
accurate, maybe that's what you're thinking of?). As for the IOB 
calculator, again that's a personal thing. You might have had to change 
the settings (but since you have the option to do that, what's the 
problem?) but for other people it works out of the box. Don't forget 
we're all different.

And with my admin hat on briefly - can we all please try to avoid pump 
bashing as much as possible and try to be a bit more objective? Remember 
that everyone is different, and different pumps have different features 
that suit different people, and different people have different 
priorities. I might not care if my pump is waterproof but I might want 
the ability to have a CGMS. You might want a waterproof purple pump with 
bolus wizard. Also some people get no choice in the pump they get 
(though this shouldn't happen, it does), and it's not very nice to then 
be told your pump is cr*p when you have no choice!

Karen Persov wrote:
> Hi Rachel
> Hands down.. The Animas2020 is the most superior pump yet. My daughter has
> pumped a Minimed 511 and 512 and then 4 years on a Cozmo. We switched to the
> 2020 in March and would never go back to either.
>  We were having lots of issues with the Cozmo needed almost weekly
> replacement pumps and had *over-delivery* issues..
> *Dont go for the Minimed! *it's delivery method is seriously lacking!
> It gives insulin pulses three times an hour rather than continuous
> delivery (their website claims this better mimics the body!!!)
> its* not water proof*,
> its Insulin on Board calculator is also not accurate and has to be
> overridden
> MM customer care is often lacking... but
> The real problem with the MM is the insulin cartridge, there is no leur lock
> seal, so the cartridges leak and get bubbles all the time plus the cartidges
> are notoriously hard to fill. You therefore get bad delivery problems and
> sites will fail if pumped with air.. as the insulin oxidizes. I'm wondering
> if the person who just ended up in A&E with DKA from bubbles is on a MM
> pump?
> Despite many reorts about he bubble problems MM haven't changed the design
> of the pump or cartridge at all in the last 4 years as they have been
> concentrating on developing the CMGS side of things which is also very
> inaccurate (Sarah wore one last week for some research at her clinic and she
> couldn't wait to get it off).
> Because MM doesn't use the univeral leur lock system, you can only buy/order
>  MM insertion sets and reservoirs from them and Sarah found their adhesive
> to be itchy and short lasting, they started peeling after a day. With the
> Animas you can use any insetion set (well except the MM ones).
> We also looked at the Onmipod but you can't disconnect them for sports or
> anything without having to do a complete pod change and new insulin as the
> pod is all in one... I dont think they are yet available in the UK
> The Spirit is really basic, no IOB calculator, only 0.1 basals and delivery
> and the Cozmo is better than the Spirit and MM. So that leaves the Animas.
>  *Big advantages of the 2020.*
> ** waterproof
> smallest pump on market: neat more slimline shape.
> very robust
> very easy to fill bubble free cartridges (but only holds 200 units)
> excellent IOB (insulin on board) calculator- we rely on the pump for all
> calculations.
> Very accurate delivery and quick alerts for no delivery
> basals in 0.025 increments and bolus 0.05
> Has carb counter database that you can customise with own meals and carbs.-
> takes about 500 different foods, which you customise to your own normal
> portion sizes.
> Variable target ranges throughtout day, so we target Sarah to 7mmol at
> nights and 6  during the day.
> target ranges - so can have range set between say 5.5 and 7 rather than an
> absolute numbers
> Takes a lithium battery (supplied free by Animas) which lasts months rather
> than weeks (2 changes since Sarah started a few months back - depsite
> regular downloading)
> *Sarah likes...*
> Nice colour screen
> pump comes in pink!
> ability customise and download tunes for alerts
> Download software integrates with the One Touch blood machines.
> Using the same insertion sets as the Cozmo (Comforts)
> *Much* Better Bgs since being on the 2020
>  Animas are working with Dexcom and their cmgs will be integrated into the
> pump next year.
> Sarah is also on a Dexcom. Her HbA1c has dropped from 7% to 6.6% in about 6
> weeks.
>  The only drawbacks with the animas are very minor; having to do more
> frequent cartridge changes, but having said that, Sarah can do one in 2 or 3
> minutes very easily. It also doesn't show the total bolus amount broken down
> between food and adjustment bolues, but this is no big deal. You also have
> to disconnect to do a battery change, but having said that you only change
> the lithium battery infrequently.
>  I really think the Animas is the best pump. Sarah wouldn't go back to the
> MM or Cozmo even if you paid her!
> Hope that helps
> Karen Persov. Mum to Sarah age 11.5, diabetic 10 yrs, hypothyroid 2 yrs -
> now proudly pumping Animas2020 and monitoring with a Dexcom and One Touch
> Ultra.
> .
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