OmniPod Users

This group is dedicated to giving OmniPod users a place to discuss and share our experiences so that we may grow and help each other "make diabetes a smaller part of our lives."

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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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Do you plan to change a pod at work?

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New to this board and New to Omnipod

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Comment by jbowler on January 3, 2014 at 1:59pm

There's another known issue which I didn't mention because I have no experience of it myself. Apparently if a new pod is filled with more than 200 units it will error out. People who used to fill old pods to the 'max' line on the syringe (about 220 units) saw continual errors until they started filling with just 200 units.

Comment by Sarah on January 3, 2014 at 12:25pm

i saw my CDE this morning. He told me some of his T1's on the pods have reported continual pod failures, occlusions too, especially when bolusing over 5 units.

Comment by jbowler on January 3, 2014 at 9:55am

So far we haven't detected any lot dependency, which isn't to say that some lots are not pod-error prone, just that the reports come from a variety of different lots.

The errors are not occlusions, which are signaled by the PDM as occlusions. Those still occur for some people (I've never seen one). Rather they are "PDM error" errors.

There seems to be no consistency in the error codes, at least nothing I have been able to determine so far (but then I don't know how to decode the codes and haven't analyzed my recent failures.)

In my case the PDM errors started immediately after the change to the new pods - the first four failed - however the failures were taking longer and longer (indeed, pod 3 lasted 71.8 hours.) It seemed that the PDM was learning from the failures and programming the subsequent pods differently.

Since then I've had a total of 11 PDM errors out of 42 pods, however failures have got less and less frequent.

The failures occur both during bolus and basal delivery. Bolus failures occur at the end of the bolus. This probably just reflects when the pod does its checks.

My failures are site specific. After the first four failures (which occurred in sequence on all four sites I was using) all the failures occurred on my upper arms.

After some experiment I discovered that, with I think one exception, the arm failures only occurred if the cannula was high on my arm. If I position the cannula more toward the center of my triceps muscle I avoid the failures, if the cannula is at the top of the triceps, towards where the deltoid muscle crosses it, I get failures.

I suspect the new pods are far more sensitive to site issues than the old ones and putting the pods where two arm muscles cross is just too much for the heightened sensitivity. I still suspect there is also some patient-specific adaptation in the new system as well.

Now I use six sites - over the triceps, the upper center of the pectoral muscles and lower back. I seem to be getting near 100% success with these sites, so long as I am very careful with the upper arm position.

Comment by Sticks on January 3, 2014 at 2:07am
I started on the old omnipod in Sept 2012 and moved onto the new, smaller pods in December 2012. I had no issues with the old pods, and no issues for quite a while on the new pods. But in the last 4 months I've had lots of failures, the worst being 6 failures in 5 days. Seems to me that the new pods are far MORE sensitive than the old ones and that there's a lot more faulty batches!!!
Comment by Herman on January 3, 2014 at 2:03am

The occlusion error has nothing to do with the PDM. The error is due to a pod which is to sensitive. New series are less sensitive adjusted to avoid these problems. I am on the new pod since November 2012 and had 7 occlusions. The last one 2 days ago. Never many out of one batch. If you have a wrong batch you will have many occlusions. just bad luck. Replace it and claim a new one from Omnipod.

Comment by Sticks on January 3, 2014 at 1:28am
Thanks for that. So since keeping the PDM and the pod close when a basal is being delivered, does that appear to have stopped the failures?

I get no feedback from my supplier whenever I report a fault - they just ask for the batch numbers etc and then send out replacement pods! Think I need to be a bit more pushy!
Comment by JL_ Mom on January 3, 2014 at 12:51am
I written before that I believe this failure during a Bolus is a defect issue of some sort with the pods. My daughter is new to wearing the pod (since the end of October) and her failures have been mostly where it leaves .05 units off delivering the full Bolus and deactivates itself. The second time I reported the issue and said I was calling to report a pod failure, the customer service rep said was it during a Bolus? I find it strange that she prompted me with a question of did it fail during the Bolus, unless it was a problem being reported fairly frequently at omnipod. In any event some people here thought the failure has something to do with the pdm and her pod loosing communication during the Bolus. Now I keep the two devices on top of each other during the Bolus just to be on the safe side.
Comment by Sticks on January 3, 2014 at 12:33am
Another pod failure just now, whilst a bolus is being delivered. I am getting really fed up of this. I'm not confident going out any more without loads of supplies (spare pods, insulin etc) which to me defeats the object of the pod - if you're going out and not going to have any carbs etc you shouldn't need to even take the PDM. After 15 months on the pod, I'm seriously starting to think about going back to a tubed pump; I never had anywhere near this number of issues.

I'm in the UK and this will be the 4th time in the last 3 months that I've had to call the supplier to report a run of failures and get replacements pods.

Just not good enough in my opinion.
Comment by Christine on January 2, 2014 at 8:30am
Static can fry a pod...have had it happen last winter.
Comment by Clare on January 2, 2014 at 7:33am

I have never tried my calf either after reading these posts I might just give it a try. Had a couple of pod failures on 12/31. I think it has to do with static ? I have not used the system in the winter before and I don't know if it's the static or fleece or just the damn cold messing up the pods. Annoying though.


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