Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users


Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm insulin pump.

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We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Comment by DianaS on June 10, 2010 at 11:06am
Christina and others, I used Minimed's sensor successfully for 3 years. I have recently switched to Animas and Dexcom but that's more because of personal preference rather than dissatisfaction. I had some skin problems with the Minimed system but not the Dex. Other people have had more skin problems with Dex so everybody's different.

CGMS is a different animal and takes some getting used to. There's a learning curve involved. But if you work with it and understand it's limitations and quirks I believe it can be successful for most people.

Also remember that there has to be far more satisfied people out there than there are complaints. Complaints tend to be more visible on message boards because people are looking for solutions to make it work. People don't usually post when things are going well.
Comment by DianaS on June 10, 2010 at 10:32am
Anthony, that would annoy the heck out of me ie Medtronic not replacing the sensors especially once they finally replaced the transmitter and all is well. Have you uploaded to Carelink? That should provide ample documentation that there was an ongoing problem that affected all of those sensors. How many times did you attempt to get a hold of them and couldn't because you couldn't get through on the help line also?

Have you thought about pursuing this? It would be a bit of a pain in the neck to do so but what they did is just so wrong on so many levels it might be worth it. This is such an extreme example of let's just blame the patient when it was really a faulty transmitter. Ask to speak to a superviser. Or perhaps talk to your local Minimed rep. If that doesn't do anything if I was in your shoes I'd make a formal complaint somewhere. Not sure who -- maybe the Better Business Bureau, the FDA, attorney general, insurance commissioner for your state. This is blatant enough I might even start with one of those agencies just to get this documented somewhere.

Comment by Taylar on June 8, 2010 at 8:53am
I'm getting the revel and it will be here today but i can't start training until the 29th
Comment by Type1 on June 6, 2010 at 8:32am
Even tho I would like my accurate readings, things have been OK. At times, I get 6 days out of 1 sensor. Currently I am on day 10 and accuracy is pretty good. For me, inserting a sensor about 10" up from the knee works fine.
I've had good results here and it gives my sides time to rest.
It seems that one's "physiology" will dictate how well this system will work for a person. Switching to Dex usually helps people having problems with Medtronics.
Good luck:)
Comment by Anthony on June 6, 2010 at 7:46am
I had a problem with my sensor transmitter. For the first 4 weeks it wasn't working properly, I was told to "move the sensor closer", "mover the sensor further away". "keep the sensor in line with the pump", "use another location (leg)", etc., etc. Four weeks and 13 sensors later, Medtronic told me that they (finally) thought the transmitter was defective and that they would send a new one. They agreed to replace TWO, not fourteen of the wasted sensors. Their reason: I did not call enough times to warrant replacement of the fourteen. My advice: if you have any questions or concerns, call that 800 number each and every time. It cost me an $350 to purchase another box of 10 sensors. It seems to work fine now, but the experience makes the insertion of each new one more painful than it needs to be. Good luck with yours.
Comment by lisa c on June 6, 2010 at 3:57am
Christina...I too am interest in those who find the sensor more help that "frustating:. I wore one for 2 weeks and am sending it back. It was never close and it was very uncomfortable. I have heard that other brands may work better, but do not chime in with our paradigm pumps( which I love!).

Are the people who like the sensor using the minimed??

Please advise.

Thanks friends!
Comment by Jennifer on June 5, 2010 at 11:47am
Christina - there is some variability - the sensor lags about 20 mins behind fingertip testin results. With that being said - my sensor has been pretty accurate (sometimes right on and sometimes within 5-10 pts) during steady states - not after meals, boluses, etc. I have been very happy with my sensor.
Comment by ChristinaNadine on June 5, 2010 at 8:47am
I am getting my sensor next week, I am really excited, but I heard so many bad stuff about that I am also a little scared that it's not going to work well.
Comment by Dlrdon on May 31, 2010 at 1:20pm
Janny I have been using a pump since dec 09. I test my basal rates about once a month with my sure-t's in a different location. I have a record so when I change locations I change my basal rates accordingly.
Comment by Janny on May 31, 2010 at 12:10pm
carelink, in my opinion, has disadvantages. if sensor readings are "off"....and usually must print out daily reoprt that shows sensor and meter readings...if i'm wrong, let me know

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