Hello everyone! I've had type 1 diabetes for about three years now and am looking for my first pump. I'm a little bit over the injections. I am currently looking at the OneTouch Ping and the Accu Chek Combo (being released in the US the beginning of October). I haven't looked into Medtronic much yet and my insurance doesn't cover OmniPod. I'm mostly just looking to find out what insulin pumps other people with diabetes have and what you think about your pump.
Thanks for your input! :)
I have the Medtronic Paradigm MiniMed Pump and LOVE it. I've looked into most of the other options when I got the pump (which was about 7 years ago now, wow!), and I've looked into the OmniPod in depth. I loved the idea of the OmniPod because it can be attached more places than the minimed, but I've talked to users who both love it and hate it and there are a few things about it that I wouldn't like to deal with, including the limited reservoir, you can't move it once you place it (for different outfits, for instance), and a few other things. The MiniMed is extremely user friendly, which I love, and it has a few different options for kinds of cannulas you can use to place it.
When I was looking for my pump the animas (one touch system) was much less advanced than medtronic, but I can't speak for it now. I've looked at the Ping, and I haven't seen anything that the MiniMed doesn't do - my meter automatically communicates with my pump and my pump (with the preset settings) knows how much insulin I need to adjust for my numbers and how many carbs I'm having, and I could have a remote if I wanted it as well.
I've seen a little about the Accu-Chek, and again, haven't seen anything the MiniMed doesn't offer. The MiniMed is waterproof for accidental exposure, and connects to a PC (or Mac) via USB and provides tons of charts/data with numbers/insulin/etc.
If I didn't have a pump now and were to get one, I'm not sure what I'd do... I think I'd look closer at the Accu-Chek, but Medtronic has always been so far ahead of the curve as far as advancements in the medical field and with research I would find it hard not to have a product that I know will be consistently on top of its game. That includes benefits with insurance; Medtronic is highly trusted with insurance. (I also received a free upgrade of my pump after 4 years, and the MiniMed has a 4-year warranty, which I've used - I just had a crack on the screen I didn't like and they sent me a new one! For a $6,000 pump that's pretty awesome.) And Medtronic's customer service has always been amazing, available 24/7.
I just realized I sound like I work for Medtronic... lol... but I really don't. I've just had my pump for 7 years and have only had 100% positive things to say about my pump and Medtronic, which says a lot. Plus, I keep up with Medtronic and the things they're doing as I'm an RN and am especially interested in their research!
Hope this helps a little, and although I am very biased toward Medtronic, you should definitely consider all your options and look at what your insurance will cover, overall price, how much insulin you use (different pumps hold less/more insulin), etc. I would make a list of your priorities and look at the pumps that fulfill them the best! Have fun choosing!
Well I haven't had mine very long, but I have the Ping and so far I really like it. One of the main reasons I went with it over the Medtronic is the ability to do most of the pump features from the meter remote. That way I can leave the pump itself alone and don't have to mess with it for bolusing or checking information.
I just briefly looked over the Accu-Check Combo and it looks like it's the same principle as the Ping, being able to do most activites from the meter remote. The one thing I can say is that it looks like the Accu-Check does have a better screen than the current meter remote for the Ping, though I'm told a new meter remote with better, color screen is coming.
Other things you may want to find out, is the Accu-Check waterproof? I haven't tested it, but the Ping is waterproof up to 12 ft for 24 hours. Now I don't exactly plan to take a swim with it, but it's nice to know if I get stuck in a down pour or thrown in a pool. Did a quick check and it is waterproof (yay internet!). Water Tightness IPX 8—Protected against the effects of temporary immersion in water under standardized conditions (≤ 60 minutes and ≤ 2.5 meters [8 feet]).
To sum up: On Animas Ping and quite happy with it so far! Like not having to mess with the pump itself for administering boluses
I have the Minimed Revel and LOVE it. I initially was interested in it because of the integrated CGM system, but have not really made much use of that feature (I found that CGMs, both Dexcom and Minimed's didn't provide a level of accuracy that, for me, warranted the cost and extra scar tissue. Pumping was more important).
Anyway, I considered both the Animas Ping and the Minimed Revel extensively when looking for my pump last year. Here is why the Minimed Revel "won" for me:
Some things I DON'T like about the Revel (compared to the Ping):
Overall, I LOVE my Minimed Revel. I would consider the Ping in the future, and I really hope Minimed implements some of the features described above in its next pump. That said, they have been doing this insulin pump thing for decades now and hold the largest sector of the market for a reason (IMO). I have seen people post very positive things about both Minimed and Animas in terms of honoring their warranties and providing customer service support (and equally negative things as well...but bad experiences happen with any company).
I can't tell you all how much I appreciate your responses. Choosing the right pump feels slightly overwhelming, and I'm glad to have your input. You've definitely given me some things to think about in choosing my pump. Thank you!! :)
Also, search through some old threads on this site if you can and you'll find PLENTY of discussions about this topic. It comes up pretty regularly, although you definitely want to be aware of upcoming changes that are being discussed on the rumor mill. Getting a pump is kind of like committing to a cell phone - you know the technology is going to change, you just don't always know when. And with pumps the commitment period is longer (generally about 4 years) and more expensive.
Haha. Yeah, I've started to realize that. I actually just said the same thing to my husband a couple hours ago. ;)
I can't even count how many hours I spent researching the pumps. If you want to feel even more overwhelmed you could also check out the brand new T:Slim pump. ;-) Another thing I did which I found really helpful was looking up youtube videos on the different pumps. There are no shortage of videos showing people unboxing, going through the menus, changing infusion sites, etc. It's a little better, in my opinion, than what you'll see on the differen pump sites because you get the honest feedback of the users (many of which have used a few different pumps), plus you see the day to day use of it.
I really do think it comes down to the little things, like MBP said. To me, the ability to bolus from the remote was worth the little black cap sticking up. In the end, you're probably going to be pretty happy just to be pumping rather than taking X number of shots a day. I know I was!
One other thing to consider. I don't know about Medtronic or Omnipod, but Animas has a financial assistance program. I applied for that and ended up being able to get my pump at no out of pocket cost. Of course, can't guarantee that for anyone else, but I was super happy when they told me that.
I have a Medtronic Paradigm Revel Pump and I love mine. Medtronic has been awesome as far as handeling all the insurance/authorization part of it, and it all went through very quickly. Medtronics Pump is pretty user friendly as well.
I have an Animas Ping and love having it. It is doing wonders for my diabetes control. It came highly recommended by two friends who use them. What I like about the Animas Ping is the nice Colour screen for my old eyes, the remote capabilities from the meter, the ability to reprogram the alerts, the food catalog stored in the meter to help count carbs and is customizable, and the safeguards of operation built into operation eaze. The training and customer service is tremendous! I was very impressed with the ease of inserting the infusion set and the way Animas handles infusion set insertion. (I didn't care for the Medtronic inserter device. The Inset device is included with each new infusion set.) It took me a year to get my pump cleared with my insurance company, and there was one customer service representative who did it all. She did not give up. The pump trainer that the company sent to get me started is a CDE and is available by phone and e-mail to answer my questions. Animas prides itself with having a CDE answer all the telephone inquiries that they receive.
I don't know anything about the Accucheck pump. If it is something new, or new to the United States, I think I would be more comfortable to see their track record down the road before I ordered their pump. MiniMed is a good pump. Nobody would go wrong by choosing it, but I really didn't like the customer service rep that spoke to me about the pump, nor its constant telemarketing and pressure to buy in the end, when my insurance company approved its purchase.
I feel I made a great choice with the Animas. Best of luck with your decision and keep us posted.
Minimed/Medtronic also makes all-in-one infusion sets (the Mios), which are the same as the Insets offered by Animas.
Could not agree more about the YouTube videos!! I did a lot of YouTube surfing when looking for my pump. The teens on YouTube give some of the best reviews (this kid does a great breakdown of the Ping vs. the Revel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M0KeIqdYro).
You have to decide which has the features that are most important for you. Also, see if your local diabetes clinic has a "pump day" when the reps come from the different companies and provide information on their pumps. I went to one of these and it was helpful for me to be able to hold and try on the pumps. It was then that I discovered the issue with the Animas design; I am very short, so for me this was an issue because it would have deterred me from wearing it. I also felt, after trying them on, that the Revel would be easier to conceal under clothes. Being a woman, this is something that's important for me.
BUT....if you spend a lot of time around water or have poor eyesight, the Ping might be better. It all just depends on what you need.
Also, the new t:slim came out, and you may want to look into that. I'd be leery trying anything that new, but if you're comfortable doing so, you should look into it.
What is it about the Revel v. the Animas that makes it easier to conceal under clothes?
To me, the Revel (at least the one I have, which is the smaller pump that holds 180 units of insulin) seemed less long and a little flatter. It is narrower and less "boxy." When I put both pumps down my bra (one place where I like to stash it), the Revel seemed to bulge out less. Also, when clipped to my waist band, the Revel feels a bit flatter compared to the Ping.
Now, I should add that I am pretty petite (just 5 feet tall). So what sticks out on me may not necessarily be an issue for you if you're more of an average-sized person.