Filling an Omnipod

An Omnipod can contain between 85-200U of insulin. But the pod is only likely to last 72-80 hours: 3 days plus an 8-hour grace period before shutdown. Ideally we put enough in there to last until we’re ready to replace it: we can’t top it up! The only way we get to measure how much …

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An insulin pump update waiting in the wings

Medtronic’s hybrid closed loop (HCL) pumps continue to develop. Disregarding the low-glucose-suspend functions of the 640G and earlier pumps, their first generation “looping” pump was the 670G, and this grew into the 770G (which has the same algorithm but adds integration with some mobile phones via Bluetooth). There has been talk of the 2nd-generation 780G …

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Pump environmental limits

We see various insulin pumps described as “waterproof”. But what does it actually mean? Personally I’m interested in how “life-proof” my devices are. That covers multiple aspects including: Water- and dust-proof. Things get dusty in the desert (especially if I fall over or commando-crawl while tracking some wildlife with my cameras). When working on small …

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September Australian Insulin Pump changes

There have been a couple of developments in the Australian pump market recently, so two of this site’s reference articles have been updated: Australian Insulin Pump Choices Closed-loop pumps in Australia The changes include: Accu-Chek Combo The Accu-Chek Combo pump is no longer being sold in Australia. Warranty and support will continue for 4 years, …

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Omnipod DASH observations

The Omnipod DASH pump system launched in Australia recently, and I’ve been able to experiment with it a bit. Note the Omnipods I’ve been using were purchased by myself, not supplied by anyone else. As has been mentioned many times, these pumps are not currently supported by private health insurance or by NDSS, but once …

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