Only when it needs to communicate to the pod - when bolusing, changing basal rates, changing a pod, etc.
After you're done making changes, it can be far away....in another room ,etc.
The PDM and pod do like to exchange status info periodically, which it will do when you use the PDM when it is in range.
Whoever told you it needs to be 2 feet away 24 hours a day 7 days a week is just plain wrong. That would take away most of the value of the tubeless pump.
Do you mean 2 feet away from starting a new pod or when bolusing? I started my new omni system this past Sept. 2011. I had a medimed for 8 years prior to this one. You just have to play with it and see when it programs. Make sure you have the sensor on the omipod, the clear part where the injection needle area is is where you have your PDM close to that..you don't need 2 feet. Make sure also, that when you change your pod that you have that area also showing towards the PDM in order for the 2 beeps to go off. Then priming and then evrything should go in order as what to do. You have to place you site in an area that soesn't have alot of muscle..it won't respond to that area, so make sure it is insubcutenous tissue/ alittle areas in body with more adispose tissue(fat). I hope this helps you. Lisa
My son was on the Omni Pod ( unfortunetly his new insurance does not cover...I loved this pump) for 3 years if your too far from the PDM it will not read the new pod. This pump has many advantages. Your daughter can swim and bathe with her pump on but make sure its secured with some type of water proof tape when swimming.
The PDM has to be near the pod to send "commands", otherwise for plain basal they can be far from each other.
BUT, you cannot keep them far apart for too many hours: there is a setting in the PDM which says how much it can last without receiving signals from pod, after that they disconnect and you have to change pod.
Jen , utilize the toll free number on the pdm and pods. The CSR's will tell you what you need to know. Please know that the only time the pdm and pod need to be close to each other is to activate a new pod and to bolus. THe way the pod works is that once you activate it and they communicate together a number of the settings you have for basal rates etc... transfer into the pod. You can go all day without any communication between them and the pod delivers your basal insulin per the program that is active in the pod. Keep in touch with the customer service and your CDE. Get all you need to know as pumping means you need to be more diligent on your diabetes management. Hopefully this does wonder for your daughter. Good luck with this new adventure :D