Discussion in 'Insulin Pumps' started by Ellen, May 17, 2011.
i wish there was an online user manual... so I could see what it does..I'm very glad that something new is coming our way.
I was interested in it until I read it contains prefilled GLASS insulin cartridges for up to 7 days. Not sure how I fill about the glass part. 10 year old boys, pumps, and glass don't seem to mix!
Or the 300 units of prefilled insulin part. We change out the insulin cartridges every 3 days (using about 100 unit in that time) because I do not want heat and warmer temperatures breaking down the insulin. I wonder how this pump will keep insulin from going bad in 7 days if it's even a bit warm out.
I love the idea of this. We could easily deal with a 300 unit reservoir with a 7 day deadline! And I would be thrilled with a glass option. The amount of plastic waste we create makes me sick to look at - I have a very green household and everything is reuseable...except the plastic tubing, inset, reservoir, wrappings, inset covers, etc. In almost 5 years we've never broken a glass vial of insulin and it gets terrible treatment - tossed, dropped (accidentally), stuffed in pockets with syringes, crammed into small spaces - so I'm not concerned about having glass in the pump.
I think the reason they are glass is because the plastic of the reservoir contributes to the degradation of the insulin, so you couldn't do prefilled plastic cartridges. I want prefilled cartridges!
Sweet -- I'm just happy to see the FDA is actually approving things!
Agreed. This alone gives me hope about even more options down the road.
We used glass 300 unit cartridges for 8+ yrs with Disetronic - they worked very well. I also love the fact that this is a pay as you go pump - so perhaps if we don't love it, we could switch to another if the start up cost is not terribly high, or use it as a transition pump until something we like better comes to market, rather than being stuck with one for 4 yrs.
And who knows maybe it will have modern bolus features like the Super Bolus? The pre-filled reservoirs would make changing on the road easier.
If by Super Bolus you mean more than 25 units, don't expect it. The FDA limits bolus to 25 units. The Veo in Europe has 75 unit bolus.
Thank the FDA for non-modern thinking.
As I interpret superbolus, it means giving some basal ahead of time to help bring down a high prior to a meal.
Yes, borrowing from basal to keep the meal spike down. It helps compensate for "fast" acting insulin being slower than a pancreas. I suspect it would used by nearly all pumpers and would go beyond the convenience of pumping to actually lowering A1C's. I find it amazing that it is not a standard feature on all pumps. I assume the FDA is mostly to blame (?) by making it very expensive and lengthy to make any kind of change to pumps.
Superbolus (not necessarily a feature of the Asante pump)
There's a little more info about Asante's pump here in diaTribe's New-Now-Next section
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