Diabetes technology update
Tiina Salo, RN, CDE
Greetings from the world of diabetes technology! Many tech updates have been released over the last year and we want to make sure that you are informed from a trusted source!
- Animas has ended their production of insulin pumps. Medtronic has taken over their contract and will be offering the 630G insulin pump to patients in warranty through Fall 2019. We are unsure when the 630G will be available to in warranty Animas customers. If you are an Animas pump user who plans to use their pump as long as possible, please be aware that if you do experience pump failure you may need to go back to injections as we are unsure of the availability of back-up insulin pumps. As of June 2018, the Children’s Minnesota Diasend account (sponsored by Animas Corporation) will be closing. If you currently use Diasend to download your insulin pump you can transitions to Glooko (there may be a fee for use) or use Zoom Pro and send in reports via MyChildren’s.
- Dexcom G5 is now available on Apple iPhone and Android devices (including smart watches).
- In Novemeber of 2017 the FDA approved the Freestyle Libre for use in the US, for patients 18 years and older. The Libre is a disposable glucose sensor that is changed every 10 days. The sensor is factory calibrated which means that blood glucose calibrations do not need to be entered into the device. If you want to know your glucose level simply use the Libre reader to scan the sensor. Important note – you will not receive high or low alerts with the Libre system, glucose values will only be read when you scan the reader over the sensor.
- The Medtronic 670G pump and sensor are now shipping together. When in use the together the pump will self adjust basal rates and correction doses based on sensor glucose, this is called ‘automode’.
- The Tandem t:slim X2 insulin pump is now approved for use with the Dexcom G5 sensor. This update can be downloaded here.
We know that there are many options and each child or teen has different needs! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Diabetes Educators with individual questions!