Looping

When is a 670G not a 670G?

Most people interested in insulin pumps will by now be aware of the Medtronic 670G pump (sometimes mistakenly labelled as an “artificial pancreas”). This pump is the first commercial pump with basic hybrid closed-loop functionality, and was released in the US in 2017. There has been much discussion of when the 670G will be coming …

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Crossing the Drake

Is your insulin pump waterproof? What does that actually mean?

Insulin pumps are devices we continually wear, continuously administering a life-saving drug. Too little or too much, and our lives are in danger. So we need them to be reliable. So what happens if they get wet? What does it actually mean if our pump has been described as “waterproof”? And what can we do if …

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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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News from Europe

ATTD The last few days have shown us various exciting bits of technology from the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) conference in Vienna. This is just a few of the highlights: Roche & open protocols In October last year the JDRF announced their Open Protocol Initiative, calling on equipment manufacturers to open up …

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Sydney DIY APS build day, February 2018

This weekend marked another first! An afternoon DIY closed-loop community build meeting was held in North Sydney. Like our recent 2-day Melbourne event, people using or interested in using DIY closed-loop insulin pump technology gathered to support each other. The event was organised through the Australian/NZ looping group on Facebook, and while we all interact with …

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AAA batteries for insulin pumps – updated data

I’ve previously written a fairly detailed analysis of the performance of various AAA batteries in Medtronic insulin pumps being used in a closed-loop setup (the frequent radio traffic shortens the battery life significantly from when the pump is operating in standalone mode). In the 8 weeks since that post I have continued to collect data …

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“Looping and Alive” and other apparel

Earlier this year I released a T-shirt design which related to having Type 1 Diabetes. Since then there have been several additions based on requests from other PWDs, and the collection has grown. The “Deliberately Non-compliant” one you see above was inspired by Renza at Diabetogenic. In case you feel any of these would suit you, you …

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