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Old pumps

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by kim5798, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. kim5798

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    What to do with old pumps? Seems crazy to throw them in the trash. Ones I have on hand work, but are out of warranty. Usually the most recent one, of course, we would call our backup. But, when I consider my child has been on a pump since age 6 and is now 19...we have a number of old pumps lying around. In addition to our own, I have a couple old ones that were my aunt's, who passed away in 2010, and another that was a backup a friend loaned us one time when ours died & it was taking a few days to get the new one...that one is an oldie but goodie...minimed 508!!

    Is there anyplace to donate this technology or should I just toss them in the bin?
     
  2. Christopher

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    I think it is very thoughtful and kind of you to want to help others with your used pumps. I know some States have specific laws around SELLING used medical equipment, and since this is a medical device that could potentially cause harm there may be liability issues. But if you simply wanting to DONATE your used pumps there are several places online you can do that. Here are a few:

    https://diatribe.org/do-you-have-extra-diabetes-supplies-you-no-longer-need

    https://www.cr3diabetes.org/donate-supplies/

    http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/supply-donations.shtml


    Good Luck!!

    Chris
     
  3. kim5798

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    Thank you so much!
     
  4. mmgirls

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    I also wanted to point out that Medtronic does have program to transfer ownership of their pump, but at a cost of $495.00. I do not know if there are other pump companies that do this or not, i just know of Medtronics. Many people are looking for older medtronic insulin pumps that might be compatable for DIY APS: Loopable Open APS, and DanaR pumps for Android APS. So yes there is a market for them and a legal way to transfer ownership (medtronic), but I know most don't go this route.
     

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