decided at last

By vinodh Latest Reply 2009-09-17 09:39:44 -0500
Started 2009-09-17 04:59:42 -0500

hi friends ,
at last i have decided to purchase a new pump .and so i am going to purchase MEDTRONIC pump and a representative from MEDTRONIC visited my place and he showed me a number of pumps with details about that . but i am confused , which one to buy . the one with the sensor and CGM or the normal one . is CGM important and works fine for all ? which one is the best & latest in MEDTRONIC ? please help me out .and also let know about the cost .please…!

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-09-17 09:39:44 -0500 Report

Our endocrinologist told us that for the most part he sees people try the CGM and then get burned out really fast. It's data overload, too much information to process.

He suggested that a better use for the CGMs is to use them on a temporary basis. Gather all that data for a week or two. Evaluate the data to make adjustments. Then be done with it.

We've never tried the CGM. But I thought our doctor's perspective was an interesting one.

kdroberts 2009-09-17 07:56:12 -0500 Report

It depends on your situation. If you have hypo unawareness, big swings in blood sugar, night time lows or issues like that then a CGM can be a worthwhile investment. If you don't have those issues then you will have to weigh up the upfront costs and running costs will be worth the extra information you get. Keep in mind that they are not always very accurate and you still have to do regular "normal" blood sugar testing to calibrate the device and to verify critical readings like lows and insulin dosing.

The rep should have told you the costs but they are not cheap. I don't know about the cost in your area but in the US the start up cash price is around $6000-10000 and monthly costs of I think around $1500, maybe more, if you have the CGM sensors. The monthly costs are considerably less if you don't get the CGM as you wont need the sensors.

vinodh 2009-09-17 09:22:17 -0500 Report

thank you dude . but i am not able to get you … what does this line mean " in the US the start up cash price is around $6000-10000 and monthly costs of I think around $1500, maybe more, if you have the CGM sensors" … .. .. do you tell that the pump costs $6000-10000 ??

kdroberts 2009-09-17 09:30:19 -0500 Report

Yes, in the US the system costs $6000-10,000 or so which includes everything you need to get started. Then there are monthly up keeping costs that you need, the infusion sets that attach you to the pump, the CGM sensors if you need them and I think insulin reservoirs for the pump. All of these will run about $1500 a month, maybe more but a lot less if you don't need the CGM sensors. In the US if you have insurance these costs are usually hugely reduced because the insurance company pays a portion of the cost. You will also still need to buy insulin and testing strips. Pumps are not cheap.

I forget but I thought you mentioned you were not in the US, Israel or India maybe? Each country has different pricing and requirements so you will need to contact a rep to get that info. Again I don't know about outside the US but here you can't get a pump on your own, you have to go through a doctor and the doctor co-ordinates with the pump supplier.

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