What to Look For

Which aspects you consider and which Insulin Pump you ultimately choose will be different for every individual. When you are just starting to look at the different options it can easily become quite overwhelming, so knowing what to focus to start with can be really helpful. Use the list on the following page to narrowing down what the most important things for you to consider might be.

What to look out for in your Insulin pump

QuestionIt would be helpful to think aboutParticular things to keep in mind
Do you want to manage your Insulin Pump Discreetly?You will never be able to completely ignore your insulin pump, but some give you the option to deliver some insulin remotely without getting it out. You may also want to have your BG readings sent to it remotely from your meterRemote bolusing
Can you still use everything you need to without the remote connectivity?
Wireless linked BG meter
screen showing information at a glance
Are you worried about night time?Aspects that have been thought about to help prevent your Insulin Pump interrupting your sleepAccessories (particularly for Children)
CGM with Alerts to give you peace of mind
Are you very Active or Sporty?Most doctors will recommend that you remove all insulin pumps for contact sports. But if you are a swimmer or take part in watersports then you may want to look at Waterproof Insulin PumpsWaterproofing
Sports Accessories
Different tubing lengths
Are you looking for particular safety features for you or your child?Some of the inbuilt and particularly child friendly features of Insulin PumpsAlarms e.g. for no delivery BG reminders
Activity guard Keypad Lock
Max settings that can be adjusted Pumps doing automatic self-tests
Menu Blocks
Are you choosing between a tubed or tubeless (patch) insulin pump?The size of the footprint on your body and where you would wear the patch or infusion setPod size and wearability
Do you worry about Hypoglycaemia?Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) features that can alert you low glucose levels and even help protect against them even happening throughout the day and nightInbuilt CGM
Are you looking for an insulin pump that needs minimal input?Basal insulin features that can automatically self-adjust and respond to your individual needs day and night with minimal input from youInbuilt CGM
SmartGuard™ Auto Mode
Are things in your life going to change over the next 4 years?The NHS will only pay for a new insulin pump every 4 years, so you need as much flexibility as possible from the Insulin Pump AND its suppliesAbility to change insulin types
Ability to increase insulin doses
The range of infusion sets available
The ability to add CGM to your care if you need it
Do you need something simple and easy to Use?Think about how easy the menu is to navigate and how easy the whole system is to use (pump, meter and supplies). Also what alerts and reminders there are for everyday convenienceInbuilt Dose Advisor
Coloured screens
Reminder to change your infusion set
Reminder to bolus
Are you worried about Where you are going to wear your Insulin Pump?Where you might wear your Insulin Pump and what this might mean in terms of additional accessories or choosing different Tubing LengthsAccessories
Accessories for Night time
Accessories for Activity
Infusion Set Tubing lengths
What clips and pouches come with the Insulin Pump
Is the support that you get at home Important for you?The Training and Service and Support the Insulin Pump Manufacturer can offer youQualified training staff
24 hour telephone support
Pump replacement service
Holiday pump replacement service
Online ordering of supplies
Auto repeat ordering facilities
Courier deliveries

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What to look out for in your Insulin pump

Features and BenefitsMedtronic MiniMed™ 670G SystemMedtronic MiniMed™ 640G SystemAnimas VibeAccu-Check InsightOmnipod
Pre-programmed calculatorTickTickfood database TickTick
Lowest Basal rates [Units]0.0250.0250.0250.0200.050
Basal rate increments [Units]0.0250.0250.025*0.0100.050
Temporary Basal rateTickTickTickTickTick
Pre-set Temp Basal and Bolus set upsTickTickCrossCrossTick
Smallest bolus [Units]0.0250.0250.0500.0500.050
Largest bolus [Units]7575355030
Zero basal rateTickTickTickTickTick
Active Insulin/Insulin On BoardTickon screenTickon screenTickTickTick
Insulin given for Carbohydrates excl from Al (active insulin)TickTickTickTickunknown
Extended bolusTickTickTickTickTick
Reservoirs3.0ml & 1.8ml3.0ml & 1.8ml2.0ml**160 units (prefilled)2.0ml
Colour screenTickTickTickTickTick
Keypad LockTickTickTickTickTick
Range of Infusion SetsTickTickTicklimitedCross
Separate handsetCrossCrossCrossTickTick
Remote bolusTickvia Blood Glucose MeterTickvia Blood Glucose MeterCrossTickTick
Integrated Glucose MeterwirelesswirelessCrossTickTick
Manually Enter Blood Glucose ReadingTickTickTickCrossTick
Waterproof3.6m (24hrs)3.6m (24hrs)3.6m (24hrs)1.3m (1hrs) NOT Handset7.6m (1hrs) Pod NOT Handset
Integrated CGMTickTickTickCrossCross
Low Glucose SuspendTickTickCrossCrossCross
SmartGuard™ Suspend before lowTickTickCrossCrossCross
Trends/Rate of changeTickTickTickCrossCross
SmartGuard™ Auto-Mode self-adjusting basal insulinTickCrossCrossCrossCross
Online ordering of suppliesTickTickemail onlyTickCross
24 hour Customer CareTickTickTickTickTick
Holiday pump serviceTickTickTickCrossTick

* max basal rate is 25/units per hour.
** infusion set and cannula have to be changed every time the battery is changed.
Collated from respective manufacturer websites and user manuals.

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