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  1. Ty Bolton
    Ty Bolton March 23, 2011 at 8:03 am | | Reply

    Great read and very informative. Hopefully, innovation will continue to make things easier for diabetics.

  2. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog March 23, 2011 at 10:27 am | | Reply

    I have to say that one of the features that drew us to OmniPod for our young child is how easy the insertion is. She doesn’t see that needle before it goes in, during the process, or even after we take it off.

    When we did the iPro a few months ago, the contraption they used for insertion was awkward and scary for her. It hurt. She bled. She screamed and cried.

    Unfortunately the bad experience has made her NOT want a CGM any time soon solely because of the insertion. (We’ll revisit the issue if and when there is integration.)

    I often wonder, based on just seeing the products and not actually using them, if other insulin pump companies even do any focus groups with children and parents to see if (a) it freaks the child out, (b) if it’s easy to use, and (c) it’s relatively painless.

    I look forward to seeing this year’s entries!

  3. Darlene L Fenstermaker
    Darlene L Fenstermaker March 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm | | Reply

    I have to say that as a 19 plus year user of Mini-Med (now Medtronic-Mini-Med) Insulin Pumps I find the articles about design very interesting, I am tickeled with the availability in various lengths on pump sets ie:32″ sets. But I found the MIO the most awkward set EVER once it was inserted it was constantly catching on my clothing, where a normal quick-set is a smooth device with no sharp edges once inserted. Also in regards to the CGM until it can become a friendlier insert leave less scaring and not be so often OFF in comparison to a meter test! It was a-lot of money with minimal benefits!
    I am not sure how many actual pump users actually do the testing for these new models or devices, but I agree they need to include all ages, from very young with parents to help, to some older folks who may be losing some of their dexterity.

  4. Michael Ratrie
    Michael Ratrie March 25, 2011 at 7:58 am | | Reply

    While that was an interesting interview, when I clicked on the mio link and saw the demonstration, all I could say was OMG, there is WAY too much “design” in it.

    From a business model and comparing it to my current infusion sets, I would have to think it fails from the outset with all that packaging.

    Then from a patient perspective….can you say “complicated?” Wow!

    It almost takes me back to the days when I used “Mono-ject” needles. I thought the design of the packaging was cool, with the syringe and needle concealed in a multi-part plastic sleeve, but again, too complicated (and what a huge amount of waste)!

    Fair Winds,
    Mike

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