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More on Omnipod Insulin Pump

Despite their many similarities, each of the insulin pumps currently available in Canada offers its own distinct features. Therefore, each insulin pump fills a unique need in the type 1 diabetes community. The key to success in choosing an insulin pump is determining which one has the features that meet YOUR family’s needs. Here are the unique features that sets Omnipod apart from all the rest.

Insulet – Omnipod®

  • Omnipod is the only insulin pump available in Canada that has no tubing! The “pod” itself contains the insulin, internal reservoir, insertion components and pumping mechanism, eliminating the need for tubing. This is a key feature for individuals interested in eliminating tubing, which can be logistically frustrating or which they may see as socially stigmatizing. Omnipod may be “the” choice for your family if tubing is a deal-breaker.
  • Inserts automatically at the push of a button, with no injection needles in sight.
  • Ability to bolus wirelessly with meter remote: Insulin doses are dialed in via a handheld “PDM” (Personal Diabetes Manager), which also serves as a blood glucose meter. The wireless PDM works up to 1.5 metres away from the Pod, and has a large, colour screen; its customizable ID screen helps you easily identify your PDM.
  • The Pod is waterproof to a depth of 7.6 metres, for up to 60 minutes (IPX8 rating, the highest available).
    • The company guarantees the Pod against prolonged submersion, so compared to some other pump models, so there’s no need for your child to disconnect for swimming or bathing (which may be particularly helpful in the summer months or on vacation when kids tend to spend more time in the water).

(Please note that the PDM (meter remote) is not waterproof.)

  • Carb presets can be entered in the PDM.
  • Reservoir holds up to 200 units (minimum 85 units) – if you run out of insulin before your next scheduled set change, you need to reinsert a new pod.
  • One infusion set is available (auto-inserting 9mm angled infusion set, built in to the pod).
  • In order to get rid of the tubing, the pod must contain all the insulin needed for the next few days, therefore it is a higher-profile than infusion sets used for insulin pumps with tubing. The current pod available in Canada may feel large on a slim/small body.
  • Since the user controls bolus delivery from the PDM only (there is no way to deliver a bolus with the pod alone), if the PDM malfunctions or is lost and a backup PDM is not available, the user will need to either invest in a backup PDM for such an occasion, or deliver boluses via injections until a replacement PDM is obtained.
  • The PDM automatically stores personalized basal settings so the PDM (meter remote) can be out of range. In addition, the PDM stores and summarizes history information about  insulin delivery, blood glucose readings, alarms, and carbohydrates, so you can view all your data on the PDM itself. (Note: It is still important to record all settings manually from the PDM because if the PDM is lost or if the batteries run out and are not replaced within 2 hours, all stored data is lost).
  • 5-year warranty period on the PDM (meter remote) is (along with one other pump company) the longest available in Canada.  Many provincial government pump funding programs will only provide a new pump every 5 years; Omnipod’s warranty period matches this time period, so if you access government funding in your province, you don’t have to worry about your child’s pump being out-of-warranty for a year until your family is eligible for a new pump.)

For an overview of all features of each pump available in Canada, please see the Insulin Pump Comparison Chart.

The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.

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