MySnap Insulin Pump – Review

Longtime type 1 and advocate Melissa Lee reviews the latest customizable MySnap insulin pump from Asante Solutions.

{Disclosure: Melissa received a free upgrade and controller unit for review from the company}

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN:

PROs:

  • New high-resolution color screen
  • IOB (Insulin on Board) now visible on home screen
  • Color customization via MySnap Designer at snappump.com
  • Temp Basal shortcut with one button

CONs:

  • Humalog only
  • Not yet approved for pediatric use
  • No patient-end software solution
  • No vibrate option
  • Case option that it ships with is lacking

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OmniPod Insulin Pump – Review

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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Tandem t:slim Insulin Pump – Review

The Tandem t:slim pump is reviewed by type 1 D-blogger and insurance agent Sarah Kaye — and gives it high marks, despite a slow site change process.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • touch screen makes it easier to use
  • personal profiles rather than multiple menu settings
  • 300-unit cartridge despite small size
  • micro-delivery safety feature
  • has a rechargeable battery, so no need to change out batteries
  • software is PC or Mac compatible
  • pump is watertight
  • screen-timeout has memory
  • the carb calculator is located right in the bolus menu
  • IOB (Insulin on Board) is viewable directly on the lock screen and front menu

CONs:

  • lots of confirmation screens can be a hassle
  • time to prime takes quite a bit longer than other pumps
  • cartridge and connector design tends to cause bubbles and they can be difficult to prime out
  • only approved for Humalog and Novolog insulins, not Apidra

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Asante Snap Insulin Pump – Review

D-blogger and advocate Melissa Lee reviews the Asante Snap Pump and tells why it’s one of her favorite D-devices!

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • exceptionally lightweight and low-profile
  • extremely fast auto-priming and infusion set/cartridge changes
  • uses a 300mL glass Humalog pen cartridge, so likelihood of introducing air bubbles into the system is decreased
  • no battery to change or charge
  • offers a choice in how you calculate IOB (Insulin on Board) – correction only or correction plus meal

CONs:

  • has a low-resolution screen
  • is currently a Humalog-only pump (cannot use with other insulins)
  • low startup costs, but higher monthly supply costs than other pumps because of the disposable pump bodies
  • shortcut key for Smart Bolus is also the shortcut key for Audio Bolus, so if you have the key set to enter your bolus calculator more quickly, you cannot access the Audio Bolus feature
  • it’s not waterproof, only splash-proof

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