OmniPod Insulin Pump – Review

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Greg Nickleski isn’t the biggest fan of needles and pricks — so he discusses why he uses the new, slimmer OmniPod insulin pump.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • tubeless and wireless — no need for long plastic tubing
  • patch-style attachment allows discreet wearing (can hide the pump)
  • PDM (controller unit) has a built-in fingerstick meter, so it cuts down on the diabetes devices the user needs to carry around
  • the Pod (insulin unit) is waterproof up to 25 feet, so even good for snorkelers or scuba divers
  • PDM provides precise doses down to .25 units

CONs:

  • Pod only holds a max of 200 units of insulin
  • once removed, the Pods must be discarded and replaced

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10 Responses

  1. Tina Linder
    Tina Linder August 10, 2014 at 5:02 am | | Reply

    Hey everybody,i had my omnipod now for over 2years,I LOOVE IT,ITS SO SMALL AND EASY MANAGING,will never change insulinpump,I have the pod on my arm or tigh..

  2. Greg
    Greg August 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm | | Reply

    Tina,

    The size of the new pod is definatly a plus , have you had any issues with cannulas inserting properly ?

  3. George
    George August 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm | | Reply

    Greg- I am a Type I for over 20 years and have worn numerous pumps. I went with the Omnipod because of its size and the fact that there was no tubing connected to the device. I am 28 years old and still very active so it appealed to me. While the size and freedom it gives me are pros, there are a number of cons. Recently I have had issues with the cannula and insulin delivery, as well as occlusions. I was told this seems to happen in waves, but it has been annoying nonetheless. There are times the cannula is properly inserted but the insulin is not delivered. My biggest complaint is that the cannula can pop out of the skin pretty easily. There are plenty of times where I will do something as pedestrian as walk into a chair or bump into something and it will rip right out (just happened a few moments ago when i was putting my son in his car seat). The adhesive is terrible…it comes up very easily especially when you sweat, which contradicts their selling point that it is for the active person. I was very pleased with it the first few months but lately I have been very frustrated with it. If you have any other specific questions I would be happy to answer them.

  4. Deb
    Deb September 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm | | Reply

    With all due respect for George and his concerns from Aug 2014, I’ve found the pod FAR LESS cumbersome and problematic than the tangle of tubing associated with the minimed pump I used to have. I’ve been diabetic for 20 years and using the Omnipod for about 1.5 years. I have rarely experienced the issues George mentioned — no problems with cannula/insulin deliver, cannula popping out, etc. I’m a very hands on mother of 4 and still serving on active duty for 25+ years in the Marine Corps (which means plenty of exercise and sweating!). I love the freedom associated with running, swimming, sleeping, dressing, etc. without the “ball (pump) and chain (tubing)” of my old pump.

  5. catherine
    catherine September 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm | | Reply

    QUESTION: Are any highly active people having a positive experience using Omnipod?
    I’m a type 1 for 40 years. I’m a personal trainer & zumba instructor & curious if the latest version is good for highly active people. I ask because I migrated from pens to the Omnipod when it first came out. It was great when it worked, but I experienced far more problems with it not functioning: occlusions when inserted properly & it would pop off if I lightly banged into a chair. The alarm system was horrendous & wouldn’t shut off, including the oddity of walking around with spare paperclips… so I migrated to Medtronic three years ago. I’m really curious about the latest Omnipod because I love the wireless & glucose check in the one device features. Would love to hear about your experience… Thanks!

  6. Coursey
    Coursey September 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm | | Reply

    My name is Coursey and I am 21 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8 and took shots for a year before starting on the insulin pump. Being young as well as female makes having a pump and tubing difficult and annoying. I find myself not wearing my pump and not being able to wear the clothes I really want to wear due to not having a place to put my pump. I am very much considering the OmniPod, but I am unsure whether it will be worth it or not. The “no tubing” is so appealing, but I am worried about whether or not it is truly worth it. Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Lorenzo
    Lorenzo September 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been wearing the Omnipod for about 3 years and consider my self an active person, mostly running and biking. In order to make the pods stick better you must use something like Skin Tac, but if bumped in the right way the pod will still get torn off. I love the fact that the Omnipod is tubeless but have been seriously thinking of trying a tubed system, being that there aren’t any other tubeless systems. None of the pumps will be perfect, but a couple issues I have with the Omnipod are: Too many alarms that cannot be shut off, and the PDM is huge. The alarms of the pod are numerous and they cannot all be turned off. Don’t get me wrong, the PDM can silence them but then you have to carry the PDM and that defeats the purpose of having a tubeless system. The beeping alarms are frequent and if you get an occlusion or a pod expires, then there is a continuous alarm until you turn it off with your PDM. Which brings me to the size of the PDM. The PDM is not like the size of a cell phone, its more like the size of two cell phones stacked together. I’m a guy that doesn’t like having to carry this thing around. I haven’t seen where too many people are have an issue with the size of the PDM, so maybe this is just my gripe. Hope this helps.

  8. Linda Buffone
    Linda Buffone October 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm | | Reply

    Well,,,,,, I m considering going to a pump,, the ominipod,,, after using injections for over 20 yrs!!! I only use 3 iunits of novolog with each meal, and 7 units of Lantus for my 24 hour,, I did try the pen for a time but found I wasn’t getting good readings and I felt like since I was using such a small amount of insulin it didn’t have the pressure of the pen n I could not see if I was getting all of the insulin,, after reading the reviews of the ominipod I am really confused since my concerns are the same as I read,, being a Nonno , I also pick them up ,, play with them, like rolling on the floors with them, etc, the little tiny tube would be coming out all the time causing high readings and more headaches:(

  9. Chris
    Chris November 6, 2014 at 7:18 am | | Reply

    I have been using the omnipod for 2.5 years. I have been a type 1 for 20 years and this is my first insulin pump. I chose this insulin pump because there was no tubing attached, discreet, and because I could control everything thru the meter. When I first began wearing it I loved it but then again I had nothing to compare it to. As time passed by, I have been getting more annoyed with it. The reasons are:

    Cons:
    - Any bump can dislodge the cannula or cause the pod to fail
    - The adhesive is awful. I am very active and seems likes I have not been getting the full three days use as I was hoping to.
    -There is no vibrate option on the pod so unless you constantly like hearing the audible alarm, I would make sure you have the meter next to you.

    The good thing about the omnipod are:
    - it’s wireless. No tubing whatsoever.
    - your meter is an all in one. No need to have multiple devices.
    - somewhat discreet depending on where you put it
    - it has a food library so if you don’t know how many carbs something has it can show you even though most of us use smartphones

    Though it had a good run for 2.5 years. I am considering switching to a t-slim. If anyone has any comments on the t-slim, I would love to hear them.

    Chris

  10. Susan VanAbs
    Susan VanAbs November 25, 2014 at 9:23 am | | Reply

    My question is can you put less than 200 units of insulin into the POD? I use about 25-30 units a day. I would probably want to only put in 100 units….

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