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Re: [IPk] Which pump and infusion set?

Far from wanting to wax lyrical, Graham, I think we should have (if
there isn't already) a page on the site explaining that much of the
choice is an individual one.   You may be allergic to the glues and
antibacterials in some sets, for example.  And some people like long
tubes so they can put their trousers on the floor in the toilet, while
others find that long tubes are troublesome and prefer the short ones.

On the pump itself, there are various benefits, but you probably won't
know which will be best for you until you've been pumping for some
months, by which time it is too late.  For example, one major difference
between the minimed and disetronic is that with the minimed 508 you can
have up to 3 different profiles, and with the disetronic, you have only
one profile, which you can increase or decrease by a percentage.  Do you
know whether when you are ill, or exercise, whether you have completely
different basal patterns (i.e. are a minimed person) or whether you have
the same profile, but at a higher/lower level (i.e. a disetronic

The question, however, I would ask of your pump reps is: what is your
system for recording complaints about your service, and how many
complaints per pump user do you get per year?

I say this because one of the pump manufacturer has had, on the many
years I've been on this list, ONE person complaining here about poor
treatment.  The other which was, until it transferred company a year or
so back, of similar record, now seems to have one a month.

I wouldn't take a minimed from choice due to the dreadful after-care:
but if you have varying profiles, it may be the one for you.

Best wishes,

dm 30+, 508 2+

In message <email @ redacted>,
email @ redacted writes
>Dear all,
> I'm going to give you all an opportunity to wax lyrical on probably your
>favourite subject.
> After several weeks on lantus my Diabetes Sepcialist Nurse has agreed that it
 >is not suitable and we need to look at pump therapy. We will be preparing a
>for funding from the Trust. I am arranging meetings with pump representatives
 >but, before I do that, I'd like some input from all you experts. I'm new to
>this, so I really need your help regarding what questions to ask and the pros
 >and cons of different pumps and infusion sets. I've thought about some
>(see below) but any and all coments and help will be greatly appreciated.
> Which pump do you use, and what do you like or dislike about it? What is your
>experience in dealing with the pump companies? If you have used Disetronic and
>Minimed pumps, how do you rate the different pumps? Is there anything you wish
 >you had known or had asked about before deciding which pump to get? In the
>of your experience, is there any feature/features on another pump which you
>would like on yours?
 > What about cannulas and infusion sets - what are your good and bad
>with them, and which would you recommend?
> I would appreciate as many replies as possible, so that I can make a fully
>informed decision.
>Looking forward to your contributions,
>for HELP or to subscribe/unsubscribe, contact:

Pat Reynolds
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