Omnipod Insulin Pump from Ypsomed

Omnipod Insulin Pump
Product:
mylife Omnipod
Manufacturer:
Ypsomed

The history of the mylife Omnipod insulin pump technology comes down to a young boy who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992.

Doing his research, his father found that insulin pump therapy offered dramatically better control than injections combined with a reduced risk of long-term complications with greater freedom for his son in terms of diet and exercise freely.

But pump technology still had some limitations - particularly the tubing that runs from the pump to the infusion site and needing to take the pump off for some activities - non-waterproof ones even having to be removed for showering.

So dad gathered the best diabetes and technology experts he could find to form Insulet Corporation to improve on the traditional insulin pump.

OmniPod System

Hence the OmniPod System, initially launched in the United States in 2005. In January 2010, Insulet signed an international distribution agreement for the OmniPod System with Ypsomed AG, a leading independent diabetes specialist and technology provider that is bringing the technology to the UK.

The mylife OmniPod from Ypsomed was the first tubeless insulin pump to be released and together with the Cellnovo pump, these are the only insulin pumps available in the UK that can boast of being tubeless.

The OmniPod system consists of a small pump, called the ‘pod’, which is worn directly on the skin and controlled by a Personal Diabetes Manager that also functions as a blood glucose monitor.

Features

  • Tubeless –so no catching tubing on doors or worrying about bubbles within tubing
  • Very small – the pod’s dimensions are around 5 by 4 by 1.5 cm
  • Waterproof at depths of up to 7.6 m for up to an hour
  • Separate remote – saves needing access the pump itself to give bolus doses or change settings
  • Personalised integrated food diary

Disadvantages

Users report that insulin delivery can be interrupted if the pod receives a significant knock. The OmniPod does not have direct integration with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

Tubeless pump

The mylife Omnipod is a tubeless insulin pump. Only pump wearers who've worn tubing can tell you how amazing that is! The system combines a handheld device and an on-the-body 'pod' where the insulin is stored in and delivered from.

The pod stays on the body taking instructions from a handheld device via remote control. There is no need to disconnect the pod for showering, swimming, etc. Pods are inserted at the push of a button so users need not see or handle a needle.

Personal diabetes monitor

The handheld device is called the PDM (personal diabetes monitor).

You use this to set basal and bolus rates via a colour screen, which makes a change from shades of grey as standard on other pump screens.

As it's not attached to your body, the PDM can be carried in a pocket, backpack, or handbag - wherever you would normally keep your BG meter.

On board, the PDM allows you to build your own personal integrated food library to help make carb-counting and bolus calculation fast and easy especially as the system has a built-in FreeStyle blood glucose meter - so one less thing to have to take with you (though you'll need a finger pricker and tub of sensors).

Technical specifications

Pod

  • Min basal increments: 0.05 units
  • Max basal dose: 30 units per hour
  • Min bolus increments: 0.05 units
  • Max bolus dose: 30 units
  • Basal programs: Up to 7
  • Basal rates per program: 1 to 24
  • Dimensions: 52 x 39 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 25 g
  • Reservoir: 200 units
  • Water protection: IPX8 protects against the effects of immersion in water at depths of up to 7.6 m for up to 60 minutes

Operating conditions:

  • Temperature: 4.4° C to 40° C
  • Humidity range: 20–85%, noncondensing
  • Atmospheric pressure: 696 hPA to 1060 hPA

Storage conditions:

  • Temperature: 0° C to 30° C
  • Humidity range: 20–85% non-condensing
  • Atmospheric pressure: 696 hPA to 1060 hPA

Personal Diabetes Manager

  • Test strips: Abbott FreeStyle test strips
  • Blood sample size: 0.3 microlitres
  • Time for result: As fast as 7 seconds
  • Result range: 1.1 to 27.8 mmol/L
  • Haematocrit: 15% to 65%
  • Dimensions: 113 x 62 x 25 mm
  • Weight (with batteries): 125 g
  • Battery: Two AAA alkaline batteries
  • Battery life: Approximately 3 weeks
  • Communication distance with Pod: At least 1.52 m during normal operation

Operating conditions:

  • Temperature: 4.4° C to 40° C
  • Humidity range: 10–90% non-condensing
  • Atmospheric pressure: 696 hPA to 1060 hPA

Storage conditions:

  • Temperature: -29° C to 60° C
  • Humidity range: 10–90% non-condensing
  • Atmospheric pressure: 696 hPA to 1060 hPA
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