Omni Pod pump

By Vigirl7 Latest Reply 2012-11-28 17:52:13 -0600
Started 2012-11-26 15:00:18 -0600

Just a quick question. Has anyone been using the Omni Pod and how do you like it compared to the traditional pump? I have always used the Medronic pump. Got a rep trying to sell me on it. I want some real life experiences… talk to me!!! :)

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ShellyLargent 2012-11-26 18:01:32 -0600 Report

I would be more than happy to give you some honest answers on the Omni Pod. I've been using the pod since July of this year. I used to have an older Animas pump. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my Omni Pod! It's nowhere near as clumsy or restrictive as a tubed pump. You can wear the pods anywhere that you would wear a tubed infusion set. I wear mine on the backs or my arms and on my upper abdomen. The insertion process is a lot less complicated than it was with my Animas. The pod and the handheld PDM do the work, you just push a button when prompted to. I also like that I never disconnect from it. I shower and take bathes with the pod on. The pod is quite a bit larger than a traditional infusion site and does a little bit of getting used to, but it's not uncomfortable to wear at all. Do you have any specific questions or concerns? Please feel free to ask me. I'm not shy about anything!

ShellyLargent 2012-11-27 10:07:53 -0600 Report

I jut wanted to add a few more things, like the pros and cons of the Omni Pod versus a tubed pump. The pros: no tubing to catcvh, pull, rip out or tug; in my opinion, it's a little more descrete to use in public than a tubed pump; the insertion process is less complicated and less painful; the PDM unit is a meter also, so there's no having to carry a seperate meter; no more having to find places to hide the pump and tubing if I want to wear a dress or slacks with no pockets; I never have to disconnect from it, even to shower or take a bath so I'm never without having my basal being delivered; insulin waste is minimized since there is no tubing to have to fill and no over-priming; downloading your meter is simple since all your info is being kept in one place on the PDM (units taken, carb intake, etc…); you do not have to be close to the PDM while the pod is working. Once it has been programmed with your basal rate(s) it will always give that rate and for a bolus, once you hear the pod clicking (not loud at all) you can set the PDM down and walk away or put it back in your purse or bag. On a personal note, I have had nothing but excellent customer service from Insulet and my Omni Pod rep. I had an issue last month with an insurance snaffu and Insulet made sure that I was never without pods and helped my resolve the issue. I've also not had any issues with the quality or durability of the pods. I've only had 3 pods malfunction on me: 1 I dropped, 1 I hit pretty hard on a door jamb - dang doors, and 1 that was a bad pod. In all three cases, Insulet replaced the pods at no cost to me. I also like that I can decorate my pods with temporary tattoos or you can buy special stickers to cover the pods with ( I can really showcase my personally if I want.

The cons: since the pod is controlled by the PDM only, if the PDM breaks or gets lost, you will only be getting your basal rate, no boluses. You'd have to use injections to bolus until a new PDM is delivered (usually in about a day, maybe two…); the pod can be a bit bulky and not as comfortable to wear on the tummy if you like to sleep on your stomach, also if you like to wear tight fitting clothes, the pods will show on the tummy; there is a built-in food database in the PDM to look up carb counts, however, it's not much help since it's not intergrated into the bolus calculation. You still have to manually enter the carb counts. The food database is for reference only. (I am meeting with my Omni Pod rep later this month to see if maybe I'm just not using the database correctly.) Until you get used to the pod being on your body, you will catch it on things: bra straps, shirts when changing clothes, table and desktops if wearing it on your tummy, door jambs if wearing on your arms like me (never thought this would be an issue either, but it happens). The pod takes a little while to get used to.

I hope this a bit more helpful than my first post. Like I said, I wanted to give you an honest answer to your question! Good luck with your decision! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Vigirl7 2012-11-28 17:52:13 -0600 Report

Thank you!! I think is the best reply I have ever had to anything and I really appreciate it. I am not one that really likes to have my diabetic supplies show. right now I have the Medtronic Mini Med 570 and I put it on the bra, and most times no one ever knows that it is there. Not to mention that I just got all my supplies delivered to the door this week. So, I am looking at changing maybe in March. Not sure I like the disk being on my shoulder, back etc. I do not have but maybe 5 pounds that i could lose, so my fat is more on the top of my hips, and that is minimal, so it has been so easy for my stomach. But, I think I am running out of places even there. You figure 14 years and that is my favorite place.

again, I am so appreciative for your responses. I will keep them in mind, the pros and the cons. I know too that I would be able to try it befoe I buy it, so that is good too. Thanks again!!!