Think Tank for Pump Users


Think Tank for Pump Users

After speaking with Manny about designing accessories for those on the pump, we thought it would be a great idea to start a group of 'Think Tankers' who would share their wants,needs and features they'd like to see in accessories for those who pump*

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protective skin for pump?

Started by Colorado. Last reply by Tracy K Jan 29, 2011. 5 Replies

Pump Lanyards

Started by Suzanne Young. Last reply by Morghan Jul 11, 2010. 1 Reply

waterproof case for pump?

Started by nopucksnosticks. Last reply by nopucksnosticks Jul 7, 2010. 2 Replies

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Comment by Colorado on April 18, 2008 at 6:35pm
I just found something that Metronics offers that I love so far. When we get a night without the kids, we like to hang out "sans" clothing. I just bought a thigh holster for my pump and it is great, for that purpose, it also works really well under a skirt
Comment by diabeticidol 94 on April 18, 2008 at 2:12pm
Hey! I would love to see colored tubes for pumps such as 722 minimed. And if someone would design more cases and styles for722. Too and something speacial to our pumping days. Take care diabetic idol94
Comment by DebMc on April 16, 2008 at 5:54am
I would love more pumps to go "tubeless" When I started pumping I wanted to go the the omni pod route, but I take too much insulin to qualify-- Can't tell you how many times I have ripped out a line because I got caught on something- or the pump dropped out of my pocket. Better technology to put all devices into 1- meter- pump CGM. Find a way to have the CMG and pump port in 1 unit. Get around the o-ring failure issue on the reservoir- I have had 2 fail in 3 weeks- when you (and/or insurance company) pays $3-4 per reservior the failure needs to be decreased.-- Ask an auto mechanic-- they keep o-ring life for 40-50K miles- why can't I get one to live past 3 days!

What about working with drug companies to make insulin for pumpers only- maybe a more concentrated form so our reservoirs don't have to be as big. This may lead to new designs all together.
Comment by Jonathan on April 15, 2008 at 8:57am
What a great idea. I only hope that the pump manufacturers come check this page out.

I would like to see more programability of alarms -- the ability to have different alarms for highs, lows and low reservoirs.

Also, I would like Minimed to go back to the old reservoirs, where there was a label on the reservoir that showed the contents. The label was removable. Now that the lines are printed on the reservoir, it is sometimes too easy to miss a couple of small air bubbles around the plunger.

It would also be nice to be able to program the screens on the Minimed 522 -- there is often information there that I do not need on the screen (pump serial number, date, auto-off alarm, software version), as long as it is accessible elsewhere on the pump, while there is information that I would like to have more accessible.

Also, it would be nice to be able to layer multiple square waves on top of each other -- I use a 70/30 split for many boluses, between normal and square wave and, if I eat something that requires a bolus before the square wave has ended, either I need to cancel the remaining square wave and figure out the bolus for the new food or just take the bolus for the new food as a normal bolus. It would also be nice to be able to program in a standard split for Dual Wave boluses, so the pump can calculate my 70/30 split as my personal default.

Finally, I second every suggestion Tracy made. All would be really nice to have.
Comment by Tracy on April 10, 2008 at 7:20pm
Great group - totally useful. There are a few things I would fix or like added to a pump (my apologies if some exist already - as I am relatively new to the pump). I would love to have the seal on the resevoirs fixed - I find that it is too easy for air to get into the resevoir - and it's getting in somehow, because I always make sure to get all air bubbles out. I would also like to see a kind of coil holder or stopper - I'm not sure what they would be called, but something that would allow the tubing to be pulled, if needed, or retract - if needed. Also, I know that this is about the pump, but it would be great if someone would put a light on the end of the glucose monitors (where the strip sits) - it's awfully hard to test yourself when it's dark.

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