April 2019 Australian insulin pump update

This article has been superceded by the November 2019 update! There have of course been more changes in the Australian pump landscape since my November update. So here’s a new run-down. There are 5 pumps that can currently be purchased new through private health insurance: Medtronic 670G Accu-Chek Combo Tandem t:slim X2 Ypsopump DANA RS …

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Tandem cannulae and upgrades

Some cogitation about the introduction of the Tandem t:slim X2 pump into Australia… In the pump image I’ve been using here for a while you can see the short tubing lead that comes out from the reservoir, and terminates in a connector for the infusion set. Originally this connector was the traditional “Luer-lock” connector, which …

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What’s a container of insulin called?

Insulin is supplied in three forms of container: Vials. Usually containing 10 ml each. Pen cartridges. Usually containing 3 ml each. Novo calls these “PenFill”: that is trademarked and not appropriate for other makes. Pre-filled disposable pens. Again usually containing 3 ml each. Note that the currently-accepted spelling is “vial”. “Phial” is a very archaic …

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