Medtronic

A closed loop is not every closed loop – 670G

Medtronic’s 670G pump finally launched in full in Australia this week, after the Guardian3 CGM sensor it relies on received TGA approval. Medtronic is doing its usual thing and saying it’s “the first” and “the only” (see this screengrab from their website). It’s not. It is of course the first commercial system. The 670G has been used overseas …

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Contour Next BG meters

We’re still seeing a lot of confusion in the market about what a “Contour Next” meter can do. To save myself from repetition I’m putting this information down in one clear place. There are currently four BG meters in Australia that use Contour Next strips. They all have different features! Contour Next Small. Uses two …

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CGM calibration reminders

Most CGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors) require calibration by comparing with BG fingerprick samples. These help ensure that the numbers the system reports are a good analog for your current blood glucose. If left uncalibrated for too long the values can drift from reality, but the speed of this drift varies across systems. I wrote earlier …

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Closed-loop pump options – November 2018

We’re talking about a closed-loop system which ties your CGM and pump together so that it decreases or increases insulin flow as required to help maintain your target glucose levels. Not all pumps can do this. All this discussion is written with the Australian environment in mind, and especially in the context of my November 2018 …

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Australian Insulin Pumps – November 2018

There have been a few slight developments in the Australian pump landscape since my August update. So here’s a new run-down. There are 7 pumps that can currently be purchased new through private health insurance: Tandem t:slim X2 Medtronic 640G Medtronic 670G Accu-Chek Combo Ypsopump Cellnovo DANA RS As usual I’ll run through them with brief …

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