The Pump

By naturesrealm1 Latest Reply 2010-04-16 13:27:45 -0500
Started 2010-04-16 03:24:40 -0500

I have heard a lot of differing opinions about the pump. What concernes me the most is whjat some have said that"The pump has misfire at times

4 replies

Harlen 2010-04-16 13:27:45 -0500 Report

Yes you need to take the classes if your going to go on the pump. I have had mine for a year now and I love it and as long as I pay atention to what I your doing theres no prob
My BS has never been better.As all have seed do your reserch
Best wishes all

kdroberts 2010-04-16 09:28:57 -0500 Report

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a pump, plus there is a learning curve to figure out how best to use them and get the right settings since it's not as easy as just hooking it up and pressing go. The main issues are that they all need to have a small tube inserted under the skin which can get bent, not go in correctly, or become blocked and tubing in pumps that use tubes can become kinked and stop the flow of insulin. With a system like the omnipod the actual pod can malfunction.

Pumps are expensive upfront and ongoing and with any big investment it's wise to research them as much as possible. All the manufacturers will give you literature and usually an in home demo of their system so you can see what features you like and don't like, your doctor should be your first port of call though.

Here are the sites for the major current pumps on the US market, if you are not in the US then your options will be different.

Omnipod -
Ping -
Minimed -
Spirit -

GabbyPA 2010-04-16 07:46:25 -0500 Report

Have you checked out our product reviews? There are several there on some pumps that might help you.

Also there are many discussions on pumps that could give you some personal insight on how people like or dislike them.

Like Mays said, it is just a machine and they are not fool proof. I am sure that some are better than others in this. It is still a fairly new product and technology is always changing.

MAYS 2010-04-16 04:00:21 -0500 Report

An insulin pump, as with any piece of machinery has to be periodically inspected, monitored and maintained.

No man made machine is fool proof and all can develop mechanical problems, do your research thoroughly before coming to a conclusion, there are and will always be pros and cons as well as personal opinions pertaining to everything !

Get brochures and information from the manufacturers and compare them, check out unbiased, reputable test sites such as :

You can also inquire of your insurance company why do they recommend one brand over another, it's not always due to cost, it's also based on dependability and reliability.

~ Mays ~

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