I've been using the OmniPod for a while, and have primarily used the PDM to test BG. However, this morning I decided to check more carefully and checked with both PDM and Freedom Lite meter (actually did 2 checks each from the same "stick"). I used the old strips for the PDM and the new strips for the meter. Both times my PDM readings were 100 (+/-) points higher than the meter. Obviously, I don't know which to believe.
I will appreciate feed-back. This has thrown me for a "loop" this morning.
When you put the strip into the PDM the default is 16 but you can hit the up or down arrow (when the 16 first apears on the screen) to change it.
Thank you, I did know how to change the code on the meter, but I thought one should only change to what the code read on the strip box, which I thought was ALWAYS 16, so what I was wondering was where/how does one get the "code 19" strips? Thank you for your response, and pls. do let me know!
Just change the code on the meter, don't worry about what the box says. All the boxes, to the best of my knowledge, now have 16 on them but you need to ignore this. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the post. I've also done experimentation and found that 17 worked best but it looks like 19 is working well for you in your case. I tended to discount my Dexcom results during the comparison since Dexcom itself relies on calibration from a meter anyway. I continue to find it disconcerting that the PDM meter could be causing people to have a false sense of security with their insulin regimen. Even with my setting at 17, several times a month I compare the PDB blood glucose results with a standalone meter to make sure things are on track.
I too have found that 17 matches better to both types of other meters I've got. Almost perfect match.
I have been on the OmniPod for about 3 weeks and have just learned that the OmniPod PDM UST200 CANNOT use the Freedom Lite strips but needs to use either FreeStyle Blood Glucose Test Strips or FreeStyle Blood Glucose Test Strips with ZipWik™ tabs - This might be what is causing the difference in reading people are getting. I just contacted my diabetic supply company to change from the lite to the non lite version. It will be interesting to see what the difference actually is.
I already use the freestyle with the zipwik and butterly emblem with code 17. The strips all come coded 16 in the cannisters.
That's the other "coincidence" between them. ALL of the versions of the new strips with zipwik tabs are coded to 16.
Now wait, strips that are made specifically for meters with no code required (i.e. freestyle lite w/ zipwiks) are suddenly showing up with codes on the side of the cannister...? Why would a company go to that trouble, if you don't need a code? Money and red tape.
The strip was originally designed to be backwards compatible w/ all meter versions that they make (so freestyle, freestyle lite, freestyle freedom, and freestyle freedom lite). Pretty sure the FDA didn't like that very much (or someone w/in the company wanted to make sure there wasn't a hold up w/ the FDA at least). So they now make "two strips" (which is really only 1 strip in 2 different cannisters).
Keep some extra of those lite strips around until you get the new ones. Open the new ones and compare them. If you can spot the difference, well then you're a magician making things appear out of thin air ;-P
Sarcasm aside, the company will never admit to it, but there is NO difference between the new freestyle and freestyle lite strips that both have zipwiks. If they've got a butterfly on the front, they're the same. Except that they come in a blue bottle vs. the yellow bottle (and box) that the lite version comes in. And if you have insurance, they're the same price...but if you look at the shelf price, the regular freestyle strips are usually 10-15 bucks cheaper (on avg) than the lite version. So if you're paying out of pocket, you'd save money by going w/ the regular freestyle w/ zipwiks rather than the freestyle lite with zipwiks.
Sure is crazy. My takeway is (1) makes sure to benchmark the PDM BG meter regularly with another meter and (2) hopefully when Omnipod switches to One Touch integration with the PDM next march, this problem will be fixed once and for all....but, per your cautionary note, I'm not holding my breath....