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Pump occlusion alarms

Most insulin pump users are familiar with the dreaded occlusion alarm. At the simplest level it tells us that this cannula is occluded and needs to be replaced. But it’s not always that straightforward. So let’s dive in an explore the mysteries behind the alarm. Detecting an occlusion The pump usually has a force sensor …

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Medtronic finally retires the name “Paradigm”

There’s been one change in the June NDSS pump consumables list, and that’s simply a name change for many (but not all) of Medtronic’s infusion sets. Instead of names like “Medtronic Paradigm Sure-T” you will now see “Medtronic MiniMed Sure-T”. But the devices themselves are unchanged. Any infusion sets with “Medtronic MiniMed” in their name …

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April NDSS changes – Medtronic drops some infusion sets

One of the services provided by the Australian National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is access to insulin pump consumables (reservoirs and infusion sets). Occasionally there are changes to the products available, and another such change quietly slipped in last week. A range of Medtronic infusion sets have just been taken off the market. Who is affected? Basically, …

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End of an era – or is it?

When I started using an Animas 2020 insulin pump in 2010, I started with the Inset II infusion sets. I used these for years before realising I had options, and started exploring all the other infusion set types. I use many different types, at different times and for different purposes. For example the Silhouette/TenderLink style …

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Revisiting the topic of filling pump cannulae

I’ve recently been using Medtronic Quick-set infusion sets with my pump, and made a surprising discovery which I’ll get to below. But first some introduction: Insulin pump users will be familiar with the advice that teflon cannulae should be replaced every 3 days (steel cannulae every 2 days) to avoid long-term damage such as lipohypertrophy …

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