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“Hard” or “soft” expiry dates: a Spirit Combo story

We see “expiry” dates on many medical items, and some of them are often treated with a little disdain. For example, lancets tend to last for aeons, and CGM sensors don’t stop working right when their expiry date passes. The Accu-Chek Spirit Combo pump has a few “features” many people seem to not be aware of, …

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Cleo 90 infusion set – forgotten but not gone?

The Cleo 90 is an infusion set for insulin pumps which is available through Australia’s NDSS, but seems to have been forgotten by many people. Since 2010 I’ve used a variety of infusion sets with my pumps. The Animas Inset II (and the equivalent Medtronic Mio) and the Animas Comfort (and the matching Medtronic Silhouette). …

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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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March thoughts on insulin pumps for Australia

Back in early February I wrote about the latest news/rumours about insulin pumps for the Australian market. During my March UK trip I’ve been privileged to meet many other people with type 1 diabetes, in a variety of locations around the country. Some are using closed-loop pump systems, but as usual there’s actually been a …

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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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