DANA

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. Insulin pumps have an internal reservoir that needs to be replaced/refilled every …

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Pump cannulae and infusion sets: what are the differences?

Cannulae (the plural form of “cannula”) are the tubes we stick into ourselves to infuse insulin from our pumps. They’re either made of steel or flexible teflon. Some go straight in (90˚) and are available in 6 or 9 mm lengths. Some are a lot longer. Today 6 mm is a common recommendation, although longer …

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Basal increments in pumps

The features of insulin pumps differ between models, but there are many similarities and it’s usually not too hard to change to a different model. But one subtle but confronting difference can be the way we can set a basal profile of insulin delivery. However adjusting to a new method is usually not a hard …

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Batteries for DANA pumps

The Dana R and Dana RS insulin pumps (made by SOOIL in Korea) are Bluetooth-enabled, and can be used with AndroidAPS to form a closed-loop system. Where they’re available new and with warranty support this has been a great choice for some loopers! The pumps do have a few idiosyncrasies though, and one that has discouraged …

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Cellnovo finally arrives

It’s November and Cellnovo, the latest insulin pump supplier in Australia, has finally started supplying pumps. Their consumable products appeared on the NDSS register in an update on the 1st of November, which means that users can now start using their products. As I wrote last month, Cellnovo had initially expected to have this available on …

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