I Have used the medtronic and its a great pump you can't go wrong with MM, I am currently on Omnipod and I just hate it I have been using Omni for 3yrs and It's a hassle with pod failures, and the highs you get after placing a new pod. Can't wait till next year so I can get an Animas ping, I like that you can bolus thru the wireless remote, so you dont have to take your pump out from where your hiding it lol. Animas was my 1st pump and I loved it went with MM because of the cgm but I thought it was a bit bigger and the cgm was very painful and not very accurate. Good luck choosing your new pump :)
I have used MM for past 15 years. I recently reviewed Animas Ping, Omnipod and MM, and decided to stick with MM. I met with reps and had 'hands on' for all 3.
All are good choices, and have pros and cons that are different by person.
For some, tubeless is high priority, and they are not bothered by some of the problems reported, or tolerate them to get the benefit of tubeless.
If you check the website for Omnipod, you can request a free, non-working sample. You can see how you like wearing it for a few days. (This demo/sample is what convinced me it was 'NOT' for me !)
For some, having an integrated CGMS is top priority, and MM is usually the choice for that, or wait until Animas releases theirs ('any day now'...).
In my opinion, MM and Animas are (will be) fairly comparable. I favored MM because I was more familiar with the menu sequence, and the Animas Ping was more key presses and seemed awkward for me. But many others love the Screen and menus on the Ping, and the Remote that is also a meter.
As others mentioned, best suggestion is to get your hands on them, and see for yourself ! See if your Endo or CDE team has demo units to check out, or contact the reps directly.
The other questions are related to what do you want out of a pump ? What about your current situation are you seeking to change/improve ?
You can check for other discussions under Groups - there are specific ones for each brand.
I was diagnosed 25 years ago and was on injections until this year. I'm on OmniPod and also use a Dexcom cgm. I absolutely love both and would not give up either. I think the best pump is the one that you are most comfortable with so I would talk to all the reps and ask to try each one out.
For me, the tubing and insertion sets on the tubed pumps are intimidating. I started with the Dexcom cgm first and got used to wearing that and tracking my trends. Then I went on the OmniPod. I find the OmniPod feels just like the Dexcom and I forget where I've placed it.
I like that I don't have to deal with tubing when I'm sleeping and I like that I don't have to disconnect or remove anything when I'm showering or bathing. I like that the PDM is also the test meter and I can carry it in my purse and not on my body. If someone doesn't know me, they would look at me and see no evidence of anything related to diabetes. :)
I have not had any problems yet with pod failures. I think sometimes that people assume that the pod isn't working correctly if they have unexplained highs but I think some of this is due to sites that don't absorb insulin as well (people with tubed pumps run into this also) and some of it is normal diabetes changes in insulin needs that lead to basal/bolus changes. I also think some of the "failures" are due to operator error - I have talked to those who will say that when they were more careful in their technique of filling the pods so there is no air in the syringe, their problems lessened.
Do check out all your options and decide what's most comfortable for you. There is no right or wrong answer. Good luck!
OmniPod was my option, but it only holds 200u, so I would have to change pods everyday. I am not sure if I want to go for tubing, but I guess that's my only option.
I do 100 of Levemir and about 60 of Humolog. When I had my pump intro class, I was told that OmniPod will only last me one day.
Hi dgv ~
I would urge you to look at the Animas. I liked it better than the MiniMed, just because of the remote bolus feature, the colour screen and the monitoring software. I have also been very happy with Animas customer service. The Animas came highly recommended from two users.
I know there is conflicting opinions on everything, and I also believe the MiniMed is an excellent pump. I was not impressed with the customer service from MiniMed, as I felt they were rather pushy. For me, the Omnipod was not an option, because with the type of work that i do, it would be very vulnerable to be knocked off. I have had no problems with the tubing, only one kinked infusion set, and it didn't freeze up this past winter.
Whatever you choose, remember that you are entering into a long-term agreement, if your insurance company is involved. I hope you are happy with whatever you choose. I couldn't be happier with the Animas; it has been life-changing. Please keep us posted as to your choice.
My line of thinking is the same as yours Benjamin. If I couldn't use the OmniPod I would go Ping/Dexcom for the same reasons. Having the remote feature would be key to me. And I like to keep my Dexcom receiver on my desk at work so I can just glance at it if I start feeling "off". But that's just me.
Given your TDD, I'd go with the Minimed (the one that holds 300 units of insulin at a time). It has the largest reservoir and would enable you to go three days without refilling. I have a Minimed Revel and LOVE it. It's a very reliable pump and medtronic has been great. The screen is a bit old school compared to the Ping and that's probably my only complaint. I have put my Revel through quite a bit, and it keeps on ticking.