According to DiabetesInControl.com, Insulet Corp’s new Omnipod™, a dual function system for diabetics, will be demoed at the upcoming AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) annual conference. The device has been FDA approved in February.
The company’s description of the system:
…unlike current insulin pumps, which require users to manage many cumbersome individual components such as insulin reservoirs, infusion sets, tubing, and insertion devices and carry a separate blood glucose monitor, the OmniPod Insulin Management System features a fully-integrated design with only two components:
— The OmniPod – a small, lightweight device that is worn on the skin like an infusion set. The OmniPod delivers insulin according to pre-programmed instructions transmitted wirelessly from the Personal Diabetes Manager.
— The Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) – a wireless, hand-held device that is used to program the OmniPod with customized insulin delivery instructions, monitor the operation of the OmniPod, and check blood glucose levels using FreeStyle blood glucose test strips…
The OmniPod Insulin Management System has been specifically designed to be easy for you and your healthcare provider to set up and use.
The PDM’s simple menu-driven programming and a friendly, intuitive user interface are designed to make programming basal rates and bolus options quick and easy.
Once you fill the OmniPod with the amount of insulin prescribed by your healthcare provider, OmniPod automatically performs a series of safety checks and primes itself.
OmniPod’s small, lightweight design, integrated automated inserter, and lack of tubing allow you to wear the pod in a broad range of infusion sites, comfortably and discreetly beneath the clothing. An adhesive similar to the adhesive used on popular insulin infusion sets holds the OmniPod securely against your skin.
With the press of a single button, the PDM wirelessly activates OmniPod’s automated cannula insertion system, which safely and consistently inserts the cannula beneath your skin. Once the cannula is inserted, insulin enters your body according to the pre-programmed basal rate that the PDM has wirelessly transmitted to the OmniPod.
After the OmniPod is set up, you use the PDM to check your blood glucose level, give bolus dosages, and adjust basal rates. Since there is no tubing connecting the PDM to the OmniPod, you can safely store the PDM separately in a backpack, briefcase, or purse when you aren’t actively using it to manage your insulin or check your blood glucose.
The OmniPod is designed to be worn for up to three days or as instructed by your healthcare provider. At the end of that time period, you simply remove the OmniPod and replace it with a new one.
It’s that easy!