An insulin pump is device that delivers insulin to patient through the day. There are numerous manufactures of Insulin pumps each with unique technology and delivery system. The use of insulin pump dramatically improves flexibility in lifestyles by eliminating daily insulin injections as well as reduces severe low blood glucose episodes.
Medtronic Diabetes -- Guardian Real-Time
Medtronic Diabetes -- Guardian Real-Time A stand-alone CGM. Alarms alert user up to 30 minutes before glucose hits upper or lower limit, when glucose is rising or falling rapidly, and when glucose reaches preset high and low values. (A pediatric model, with low-glucose safety alarm, is available for children and teens.) Sensor and transmitter are waterproof for up to 8 feet deep for 30 minutes. Approved for pediatric and adult use.
T:slim -- Tandem Diabetes Care
T:slim -- Tandem Diabetes Care Color touch screen. Flat cartridge design allows for a thinner pump. Rechargeable battery. Delivers basal insulin in the smallest increments available. Pump is waterproof for up to 3 feet deep for 30 minutes, so there’s no need to disconnect while swimming or bathing. Works with T:Connect Therapy Management, Tandem’s web-based software that will be compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. It is expected to be available for download by the end of March 2013.
OmniPod No tubing required: System includes a “pod” that’s used for 72 hours and then discarded and a PDM that controls the pod’s functions (you can’t control the pod without the PDM). Pod is waterproof for up to 25 feet deep for 60 minutes, so there’s no need to disconnect when swimming or bathing. Seven “skins” are available. Works with Abbott’s CoPilot data management software. Software is compatible with Windows (except Windows 7), but is not Mac compatible.
Valeritas -- V-Go Patch pump specifically designed for use in adults with type 2 diabetes. (It is not recommended for people with type 1.) Unlike other pumps, the V-Go delivers insulin with button presses, not electronics. Each patch is used for 24 hours and then disposed of and replaced. Pump is waterproof for up to 3 feet, 3 inches deep for 24 hours, so there’s no need to disconnect while swimming or bathing. Does not have data management software.
Continuous Glucose Monitors
G4 Platinum A stand-alone CGM. Built-in hypoglycemia safety alarm (alerts user when glucose hits 55 mg/dl) that’s always on. Customizable alarms with a number of different tones alert user when glucose falls below or rises above set glucose limits and when glucose is rising or falling rapidly. Sensor and transmitter are waterproof for up to 8 feet deep for 24 hours. Receiver comes in three color options. Approved for adult use only.
Guardian Real-Time A stand-alone CGM. Alarms alert user up to 30 minutes before glucose hits upper or lower limit, when glucose is rising or falling rapidly, and when glucose reaches preset high and low values. (A pediatric model, with low-glucose safety alarm, is available for children and teens.) Sensor and transmitter are waterproof for up to 8 feet deep for 30 minutes. Approved for pediatric and adult use.
MiniMed Paradigm Real-Time Revel
MiniMed Paradigm Real-Time Revel A combination CGM and insulin pump. Alarms alert user up to 30 minutes before glucose hits upper or lower limit, when glucose is rising or falling rapidly, and when glucose reaches preset high and low values. Sensor and transmitter are waterproof for up to 8 feet deep for 30 minutes. Approved for pediatric and adult use.
At site: Tubing disconnects at infusion site, leaving needle and adhesive in place.
Away from site: Tubing disconnects a few inches away from infusion site; needle, adhesive, and a short tail of tubing remain.
Aid for insulin users
Aid for Insulin Users
Injecting insulin can be particularly challenging for those with dexterity problems , needle anxiety , or vision impairment , but fortunately a variety of products exist to help people with these common problems. Whether you need magnified syringe markings, a steadier hand, or a way to take the ouch out of injections, here are products that aim to make staying healthy a little easier.
Inserting a loaded syringe into Inject-Ease completely hides the syringe and needle. The tip of the device is pressed against the skin, and then a button on the other end is compressed to automatically inject the insulin. Spacer rings can be used to customize the injection depth. Designed to work with BD syringes.
○ MMJ Labs
This vibrating bee-shaped device reduces the pain of insulin injections by distracting the user. It has a cold pack on the back and is placed near the injection site prior to injection. The combination of cold and vibration can diminish the sensation of the needle. Also available in ladybug and plain black versions.
This aid automates insulin injection with a variety of syringes. After a loaded syringe is secured inside the Autoject 2, insulin can be delivered at the push of a button and without the needle being visible. Additional features include a safety mechanism that prevents accidental firing, adjustable needle penetration depth, and an indicator that changes color when injection is complete. An alternate model, the Autoject 2 EI, allows a user to know by feel when an injection is complete.
Insulin Pump Accessory
○ IntraPump Infusion Systems
This thin plastic spool (shown with an optional sticker) can hold excess insulin pump tubing, safeguarding users against breaks in the flow of insulin or from an infusion set being pulled from the skin if an insulin pump is dropped or catches on something. Can hold up to 100 cm (39.4 inches) of tubing. Comes with a clip on the back to secure it to a belt or elsewhere
○ Patton Medical Devices
This button-shaped device cuts down on the frequency of needle injections. A disposable inserter helps guide the cannula into the skin at a 90-degree angle. Once inserted, the needle is removed and a cannula remains in the skin for up to three days. Compatible with a syringe or pen needle. Available by prescription only.
○ IntraPump Infusion Systems
This patch-like device reduces the number of times needle injections are necessary. The cannula is inserted into the skin at an angle of 20 to 45 degrees with a needle as the guide. Once inserted, the needle is removed, leaving the cannula under the skin. The shallow angle of insertion makes it suitable for children and others with little tissue under the skin. Injections are made into a plastic tube that lies flat against the skin. Insuflon must be replaced every three days or less. Compatible with syringe or pen needles. Available by prescription only.
This allows a blind or visually impaired person to fill a syringe with the desired amount of insulin. A syringe is placed in Count-a-Dose so that the needle inserts into an insulin bottle, located in the device’s bottle holder. Then, with each click of a dial, a unit of insulin is drawn. Count-a-Dose has places for two insulin vials. Raised dots on the bottle holder allow the user to know which vial is which by touch. The aid works only with BD Lo-Dose syringes, type U-100, size ½ cc, 50 units.
Insul-Eze This clear plastic tube fits over the barrel of a syringe, magnifying its markings by 2X. Insul-Eze fits most syringes and insulin bottles.
This device clips on to any standard syringe barrel to magnify its markings by 2X.
This clear plastic tube fits over the barrel of a syringe, magnifying its markings by 2X. It clamps down on the cap of the insulin bottle to increase stability. VialDock fits Eli Lilly vials best but was designed to accommodate other vials as well.
○ Owen Mumford
Unifine Pentips Plus
This device combines an insulin pen needle with a pen-needle remover. Users insert the pen into one side of the device and turn the pen until the needle screws onto the pen. Then, after injection, the user inserts the needle side of the pen into the other side of the device and turns the pen to remove the needle without having to touch it. The remover then safely houses the used needle until disposal is convenient. Compatible with all leading insulin pen brands.
○ Regato Enterprises
Like a cozy, this product fits around an insulin vial to make it easier to grip and less likely to break if dropped. Available in three sizes, depending on insulin type.
This plastic cap attaches to the top of an insulin vial. By increasing stability, it helps users draw insulin into a syringe. To use, open the lid, insert the needle and syringe into the cap, draw the insulin, and then remove the needle from the cap for injection. Available in blue and orange, to help distinguish different types of insulin.
INSULIN PUMP and PUMP SUPPLIES WARRANTY INFORMATION
Insulin Pumps sold or rented by our company carries a 4-year manufacturer’s warranty.
EXPRESS RX, INC. will notify all Medicare beneficiaries of the warranty coverage, and we will honor all warranties under applicable law
In the event the Insulin pump malfunctions, patient must contact the manufacturer directly and they will ship a replacement, free of charge within 24-48 hours. The phone number may be found on each insulin pump near the serial number. In addition, an owner’s manual with warranty information is provided to beneficiaries for all Insulin pump and pump supplies.
Defective infusion sets and cartridges must be reported within 30 days and Express Rx Inc will gladly exchange the defective product.
In the event an Insulin pump is Out Of Warranty and malfunctions, patient must contact his/her doctor to order a new Insulin Pump.