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If your pump could do more ...

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by helensaramay, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If you could add features to your pump, what would you ask for?

    I would like some pre-set programs:

    After nearly two years on a pump, I have reached the stage where I think I have got the hang of it and regularly use features like the temporary basal and combo bolus.
    I know when I got to the gym, I set a -40% temp basal for 1.5 hours before I leave home and, then, set a -20% temp basal for 8 hours when I have finished.
    I know when I go climbing, I set a +30% temp basal for 2.5 hours before I leave home and, then, when I have a break after 2 hours of climbing, I set a -20% basal for 8 hours.
    I know when I eat pizza, I set a combo bolus of 60:40 over 4 hours.
    I know when I eat a big bar of chocolate, I use a combo bolus of 40:60 over 3 hours.
    ...

    I say I know this but I sometimes forget to do something set the second temporary basal or I get my pizza and chocolate combo bolus confused.

    It would be wonderful if I could configure some pre-set programs on my pump.
    Every time I go to the gym I would just select "Gym Basal" and it would do all the adjustments it needs over the next 13 hours.
    When I eat an Aero (I kid myself that, although it is large, it is lighter than other chocolate bars so not quite as unhealthy), I select "Choc Bolus" and it does its thing.

    Anyone else have any "if only my pump did this..." thoughts?
     
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  2. claire1991

    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If only my pump could test my bg and correct it itself.
    That would be THE best thing for me!
     
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  3. ringi

    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @helensaramay

    Personly I don't think pumps should do anything clever, there should be a standard way for other equipment to "talk" to a pump. So letting mobile phone apps could do it, and the apps would improve a lot faster than any software built into a pump.
     
  4. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So, what you want is a phone interface.
    Sounds great.
    I suggested this to the Animas guy. He explained the likes of Apple are afraid yo go down this route as they could be made liable if the wrong command is sent (or not sent) to a life dependent device. Not sure if this was an excuse or the truth. Probably a bit of both.
     
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  5. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @helensaramay I too would love to be able to preset whole programs - like for instance a staggered TBR for gymming and running and what-not - my DIY approach to it does work, but it would be amazing to be able to pre-set a sequence of staggered TBRs!

    :happy:
     
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  6. jrussell88

    jrussell88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Got to agree with Ringi. I've a Medtronic 640G and a whole lot of effort is going into decoding the comms. Dana's new pump will have open comms; a couple of other pumps have been decoded. The pump itself could be a relatively simple bit of kit, but tied into other devices through a phone to control them. The goal is closed-loop control, which is possible with such pumps.

    Older Medtronic pumps were usable in this way, but the 600 series has a higher level of security....

    A friend of mine is working on an East Coast US CGM project with one of the big data companies, and described it as very well funded. If Medtronic were to publish the interface protocols, they'd face more competition from these groups, and lose business to people who used phones and other kit rather than a 670, with CGM sensors.
     
  7. Bud1979

    Bud1979 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    One thing I would like is this (medtronic 640g) if my bg is high and the infusion set is not in correctly and I bolus, the pump then counts that amount but the infusion set is not inserted , so a cancellation feature . This also leads on to a system to let you know the infusion set is in, seated, and supplying insulin.
     
  8. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Moderator
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    What I'd like is for a CGM sensor to talk to a system that manage my glucose levels with me having to do the minimum to keep within a target range. I'd like it to detect when I've eaten and also when my insulin sensitivity has changed, and adjust basal rates and provide insulin accordingly.

    Hang on. I've already got that. And it's rather marvellous!
     
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  9. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    LOL @tim2000s - your closed loop system is highly covetable, that's for sure! Brilliant stuff!
    :):):)
     
  10. Jo_the_milkmaid

    Jo_the_milkmaid Type 1 · Newbie

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    I have an omnipod and have several presets. Normal work work high stress and weekend settings as my main go to settings. You can then set temp basal on each of these. I moved from a MEdtronic pump and love the no cord freedom; however, I have had allergies to the adhesive

    I would like to test less but the freedom I have is so much better than injections
     
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