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Thread: 50% of the PODs failed. Is that common?

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    Default 50% of the PODs failed. Is that common?

    Hi there! My son (3 years old) started with Omnipod 2 months ago. Since then we have 10 pod failures with alarm, only 1 was for static. Omnipod have replaced all of them, and give us a new box, but I don't think is the batch.

    What's the problem???. We really like the Omnipod, but the constant failure are so frustrating.

    The only difference I think we might have is that we put a little more of the minimum of insulin required by the Pod (min: 85U, we put 90-100).
    Could that be the problem?. Any advice?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel View Post
    The only difference I think we might have is that we put a little more of the minimum of insulin required by the Pod (min: 85U, we put 90-100).
    Could that be the problem?. Any advice?
    That can not be the problem, as 85U is the minimum, you are supposed to put more insulin into the pod, and lots of users require more than 85U for 3 days. We put about 120u into the pods.

    Sorry to hear that you have that much problem. Pod failures are a pain! We have been using the omnipod for over 3 years now, and only experienced a few failures. 10 failures in 2 months is unusual.

    I usually do the pod changes for my daughter. The last time we had a failure, my daughter did the pod change herself, so maybe user error? Did they send a proper trainer out to train you guys? I hope you guys can work this out.
    Mom to a sweet 13 year-old child, was diagnosed at age 10 on 12/4/13
    Started with Humalog and Lantus.
    Diagnosed with Celiac on 2/18/14
    OmniPod since 3/26/14
    Dexcom G4 since 4/11/14

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    There was a chronic problem with pod failures a year to two ago but I haven't heard anything resembling your experience in a while. I think we've had 1 or 2 pod failures in the past 6 months. I hope you get this worked out soon. Not fun. Good luck!

    David
    Son - Dx July/12 as 9 yr old. OmniPod Dec/12. Dexcom G4 Feb/13.

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    Are you sure more of them were not caused by static?

    I'm not sure where you live but if you have the heat on and it is dry and your son is wearing fleece that could be an issue. I have heard of people rubbing dryer sheets on the pods to deal with static. I had a new blanket I got as a gift that caused a lot of static and I was getting pod failures most nights. I switched back to my old blanket and the problem was solved.
    Meg
    Young adult with diabetes
    Pancreatectomy 2/17/2003
    Pumping 2/19/2003, Currently w/ Omnipod
    Medtronic 2003-2015, tslim 2015-2016
    CGM: MM 2006-2013, Dexcom G4 2013-2015, Dexcom G5 09/2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheetah-cub View Post
    I usually do the pod changes for my daughter. The last time we had a failure, my daughter did the pod change herself, so maybe user error? Did they send a proper trainer out to train you guys? I hope you guys can work this out.
    We had the training, watch official videos, youtube videos. If we are doing something wrong it would be a very specific tricky thing. I don't really know. We are living outside US a bring 6 month in advance. Maybe the the pod on the luggage get damaged by the movement....but is not more movement than have it attached to the body.

    I hope is just a bad box.

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    We've had lots of failures. Some were from the roll-out problems, but they've been not infrequent since. One failed recently while priming. I'd pushed the insulin in really fast that time, and I asked the company if that could trigger a fail. They said it could and to push the insulin into the pod slowly.
    8/2010 - 9/2011 MDI, Lantus & Humalog
    9/2011- Medtronic Revel 723 & CGM
    11/2012 - Dexcom G4
    2013 - Cut-The-Cord for water times after multiple Aquapac failures
    10/2015 - T-slim

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