Has anybody received the new pods in the US yet?
I got an opportunity to look at the next gen up close and personal. I am just finishing training on using the pod and the Omnipod rep had one to show me. It has a number of improvements. 1st is is smaller. About 2/3 the size of the current pod. A big plus is the cannala, the part that actually injects the site, is green. Much more visible when looking thru the window at the front of the pod. Another feature is a red dot that appears under the top skin of the pod, it changes color to green if the pods cannala is properly inserted. On the underside of the pod there is an arrow directing you to the site for infusion of insulin and the big new is an added button just under the tapeline that will silence the pods dead alarm. Not sure what you call the alarm but it can go off after the pod is taken off and used to require a hammer to cease its squeal. The receiver looks the same however it has many refinements. The status screen now shows you how much insulin is left in a band across the middle. There are refinements in many of the screens showing for example the time when a temp basel is set to begin and end. I was impressed and the size of the pod is really smaller lengthwise and height wise.
Thank you for sharing this, Dondi. We are very excited to see the new pods and all of the new features and improvements!
My next 90 day shipment is due next week. Really bad timing as far as the new pods are concerned. Insulet said they would be happy to change my shipment to a 30 day supply, renewable each month, and then switch it back to 90 days once the new pods start shipping.
I decided to stick with the 90 day supply of old pods since it will be the first shipment of the year for me. I'm not sure of the math, or why they do it, but the first shipment of the year comes with an extra box (4 instead of 3). I'd much rather be sure of a steady supply of working pods then worry about getting new pods ASAP if it's going to mean running short at some point.
I'll get the new one's soon enough, presumably in May once my next 90 day supply runs out. The old ones work fine and you can't really miss what you've never experienced.
Please do not be over excited as far as the new pods are concerned. Insulet still has some problems to fix unfortunately. I have experienced many occlusions since early December 2012 when I started wearing the new ones. Last box: 8 out of ten. Insulet are aware but are still working on it. So perhaps you shouldn't be too keen to get started right now.
Unfortunately, they are obviously not. Ypsomed , the European distributor, confirmed me that as far as the occlusion issue is concerned they are working on it. It indeed seems to be a sensitivity problem. But, as you, I am slightly diappointed in the new pods.
@Dondi Sorry to say but you have a view colour and fact problems.
Check http://www.mylife-diabetescare.co.uk/tl_files/documents/omnipod/145... for the 2nd gen manual in English.
P 52 The soft cannula is tinted light blue to improve visibility
at the insertion site.
P 54 When you see the pink slide insert in this position, it means that
the cannula is inserted.
P 4 No button. It’s a “Housing vent”
P 130 Manual Shut-off of a Hazard Alarm still use a sharp pin.
I hope the manuel helps you to prepaitr for later.
The 2nd gen is a big improvement in size and weight and I still like it a lot.
wow! Badddd news about all the reports of the high failure rate of the new pods. I doubt most of us will get them prior to the summer. Ive got 6 boxes of old pods left & have told my supplier to stop sending me any new pods with hopes of using up most of my old one first.
Stop not all bad news. I used 3.5 boxes now and had only one failure (occlusion) wich is not per def. a pod failure. But it is replaced by Ypsomed. I am very happy with the new 2nd gen pods. No problems.
I'm sure there's a learning curve for the new pods, just like there was for the old ones.
Ypsomed confirmed to me that my 80% failure rate was due to a "technical issue". They are aware and working on it. But the problems can't be ignored.
We Europeans are on the bleeding edge. I sincerely hope the problems will be resolved when you receive the first shipments in the USA.