By 1FLYCHIK Latest Reply 2013-03-05 15:26:40 -0600
Started 2013-02-18 17:19:39 -0600

I wanted to see if anyone on here has an insulin pump called the Onmi Pod. I have had a Medtronic Insulin pump for 10 years now and I also have the sensor with it. I know it is very outdated and My Endroconologist wants me to get this new pump because I am very active and he says it is great for the active lifestyle. Also with this Omni Pod is the Dexcom Sensor. I would love to hear any feedback or information from anyone who works with, has or has heard of this pump.

Thank You!!!!

23 replies

Dana825 2013-03-04 21:25:01 -0600 Report

I am also looking into a pump (I have been injecting) and am interested in the Omnipod too but I'm curious if anyone has any information about the new version. I've heard a lot about pods failing in the current version and would like to know how this may have been addressed in the new version.

Sydney's Mom
Sydney's Mom 2013-03-03 05:30:46 -0600 Report

How can I suggest an insulin pump be given to my daughter, or the omni pod?? She's on 10-12 injections a day and I don't know why her Dr wont give her one, it would be a lot more freedom for her.

KG66 2013-02-21 14:31:16 -0600 Report

I almost got the omni pod, but since I was still relativily new to diabetes my mom suggest I start with one with a tube! I love my pump but the omni pods do look cool! :) I went on the website before I made my decision and saw video clips of different people who used it. they all seemed to like it. The only thing I found out that I wasn't crazy about was that you have to change it right away when it tells you you're almost out of insuling (That's just what I was told) lol

ShellyLargent 2013-02-21 14:48:56 -0600 Report

It will give you a warning that it's going to expire at 72 hours, but you actually have another 8 hours after that to change. But at the 80 hour mark, it will automatically shut off and that's it, regarless if it still has insulin in it. It's to keep you from wearing a pod too long. When I had my tubed pump, I was horrible with changing my infusion sites. I would completely fill my cartridge with insulin and leave it on until I was empty. It could take 3.5 to 5 days for me to use 200 units of insulin… That was not a smart thing to do, I know, but I just really hated changing my sites. Now, after 3 days, the pods force me to change, whether I want to or not. It has taken me a little while to figure out the insulin I need to time ratio, but now that I have it down, it's not a problem at all.

KG66 2013-02-21 14:53:37 -0600 Report

Oh okay I see! Yeah after 12 hours my pump stops delivering insulin so I just have to prime it. Sort of the same thing in a way.

lneider 2013-02-19 21:49:41 -0600 Report

Iam considering the omnipod I just recieved ademo plan to discuss it with my dr Ihad the medtronic and found it complicated and cumbersome as I too am very active. L

msmayaks 2013-02-19 14:05:03 -0600 Report

I have used an omni pod in the past. it is effective however, i worked in a large call center and it seemed that the large numbers of electronic equipments cause more failures than my medtronic. something to think about

JMan's Mom
JMan's Mom 2013-02-19 18:44:55 -0600 Report

My son has been on the OmniPod for about two months now and we like it!! We have had some problems keeping the pod on due to it being too heavy for the sticker thy provide. We are in the process of ordering what is called bands for life and hope they help!! When we can get it stay on his numbers are perfect!! We also use the card with the freestyle test strips and our copay went from $40.00 to $15.00!! We were very excited about that! I hope the demo helps you make up your mind!!

1FLYCHIK 2013-02-19 13:13:04 -0600 Report

Thank you kdroberts and Shelly for your responses! Some of my main concerns are my activities. I do crossfit 2-3x a week and I surf a lot too. With my medtronic pump and the activity with crossfit, I actually keep the pump in a pocket in my workout pants as I was worried that with all the sweating, I didnt want moisture damage with my pump. Every time I workout, I have to use medical tape to secure the tubing to me and seal closed the pocket the pump is in to stop it from falling out. With my surfing, I am out 2/3 hours at a time and I obviously have to disconnect. With the omni pod, I know it says you never really disconnect, I am scared to death that I will rip it out while I am surfing in the water. I also have the sensor with my pump. I am wondering if the dexcom sensor works similar to the medtronic one where it will alarm if you hit lows or highs, etc.

kdroberts 2013-02-20 20:21:28 -0600 Report

I would also consider the Animas Ping. It's a traditional style pump but is waterproof, as in 12 feet for 24 hours, so you could wear it surfing. It's actually fairly easy to keep it on using various options. I use a SPIbelt for the pump and an IV screen over the infusion site and it works well.

The Dexcom G4 sensor is very much like the minimed one except it doesn't integrate with a pump. I have one, it's OK. The accuracy is generally good but sometimes it's off by a lot, once it was reading 3 times what my actual blood sugar was and I've had several sensors fail. I also have a hard time getting it to stick for 7 days. The range is very good, mostly I can leave the receiver in my kitchen and go anywhere in my house and it will still get readings.

ShellyLargent 2013-02-19 15:32:03 -0600 Report

The pods are waterproof for 60 minutes at 25-ft. deep. However, not sure about the actual pressure of hitting the water, if that would rip off the pod. I don't surf. The best thing to do would be to contact Insulet, let them know you're interested in the Pod and talk with a representitive. They can answer a ton more questions than I can! :)

ShellyLargent 2013-02-19 11:59:10 -0600 Report

ksdroberts is correct.

I have an Omni Pod, and I love mine. I was on a traditional pump, the Animas IR1250 and when it was time to upgrade, I went with Omni Pod. My choice was based on the fact that I really came to hate the tubing. I felt more dependant on a "machine" for my lifestyle on the Animas pump than I do now on the Omni Pod, go figure… My husband and I bowl 3 to 4 times a week, and I have caught and ripped out several of my old pump's infusion sites by getting hung up in the tubing. The Animas pump was also a pain in the butt when trying to figure out where to put it when I would wear certain outfits. I also didn't like that I would have to detach for showers or baths. I don't sit in hot tubs, so I don't have to worry about that with my Pods. I also wear my pods on the backs of my arms, so when I do take a bath, I just don't submerge my arms in it. I've only had a few issues with my pods not working: once I dropped the pod while filling it, once I hit it on a door jamb while walking into my bedroom (yes I'm that clumbsy…) and once the pod just didn't work coming out of the box. On all 3 occassions, Insulet replaced the pod within a few days. They have really excellent customer service.

The down side of the Pod system: it does take a little bit of getting used to. The infusion site (the pod) is heavier and bulkier than the traditional sites. The PDM does use quite a bit in batteries, I have to change them about once a month. However, they are just AAA batteries, so relatively inexpensive. It does use the Freestyle strips which can be pricey, but I signed up for their Freedom Plan which covers most of the cost of the strips. Right now I'm paying $40 for 150 strips with the Freedom Plan and my insurance combined. And also, since the pods are only controlled by the remote PDM, I would have to go back to injections until a new PDM was sent to me if anything were to happen to mine. Insulet will overnight a new PDM so I'd only be injecting for about a day, maybe two. Not a big deal to me, but everyone is different. And the features of the pump itself are pretty basic. The food database is really only for reference only. I don't thimk it intergrates into the bolus calcs, at least I haven't figured out how to. I don't use it anyway, so it's not that big of a deal to me.

Really it comes down to what features are important to you, what your overall needs are and what your current lifestyle is and if the Omni Pod system fits that.

If there's anything specific that you want to know, feel free to ask me. I'll try my best to answer!

kdroberts 2013-02-18 21:14:35 -0600 Report

It's a decent pump. It's tubeless which means the pump is disposable and attached to you. The plus side to that is you have no tubing to get in the way. the downside is that what's attached to you is bigger and bulkier than a regular pump. I've also heard a lot of reports of failed pods. It's a significantly cheaper start up cost than a standard pump but higher monthly cost so after a couple of years it works out more expensive. The other potentially bad thing about it being attached to you is you are unable to detach it. So for things that you would maybe chose to detach a pump for, say a hot tub or other extreme temperature activity, you can't and would either have to avoid it or realize that you are going to kill the insulin in the pod. For me personally I didn't like exclusively having to use the remote. I like the Animas Ping which has the waterproofing and the wireless capability like the omnipod but you can also use the pump itself for dosing which you can't with the onmipod. Lastly, the Omnipod remote uses freestyle test strips. YOu don't have to use the built in meter but its annoying to have to carry around another and then enter your blood sugar into the remote. I personally hate those test strips, others love them.

Regarding the Dexcom sensor, that's completely separate. In fact, Dexcom and Insulet (they make the Omnipod) just dissolved their development agreement so it would appear that there never will be an integrated system.

If you go to you can request an info kit and demo pod. The pod is not functional but you can wear it for a few days to see how it feels and fits in with your wardrobe and lifestyle.

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