Ypsomed Insulin Pumps
The Ypsomed Group develops and manufactures ground-breaking insulin pumps to make diabetes self-care simpler and easier. Ypsomed produces the tubeless and wireless OmniPod dash insulin delivery system and the new mylife YpsoPump, an innovative, easy-to-learn insulin pump system. Ypsomed insulin pumps use the very latest technology to help you control your diabetes and live a full and active life.
The Ypsomed Group has recently released the mylife YpsoPump. The mylife insulin pump was developed with the needs of its users in mind. As a result, the pump is an intuitive device that focuses on the essential functions and is easy to handle.
Pros and cons of Ypsomed insulin pump
All insulin pumps have advantages and disadvantages. Different pumps suit different people. By understanding your individual needs and preferences and examining the pros and cons of each insulin pump, you can identify the pump that best suits your diabetes and your lifestyle.
Advantages of the mylife YpsoPump
- Easy to learn: The mylife features the most essential pump functions, simplifying training so that you can focus on therapy management
- Easy to operate: Pump operation is intuitive, with a straightforward, icon-based menu and a touchscreen that’s easy to use
- Mylife YpsoPump is a small, lightweight and discreet insulin pump weighing only 83 grams, including the battery and a fully-filled cartridge
- The dedicated mylife App allows you to easily access comprehensive therapy data at the touch of a finger
- Mylife has partnered with Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) systems. The Dexcom G6 CGM data can be sent to the mylife App so that you have all relevant therapy data on your smartphone
- There are pre-filled insulin cartridges so that you can change cartridges quickly and conveniently when you are on the go
- You can self-fill the mylife YpsoPump reservoir with the insulin of your choice
- The mylife YpsoPump Orbit infusion set is designed to let you move freely
- The mylife Orbit Inserter helps you insert the infusion set quickly and safely
- The device allows you to deliver boluses discreetly and reliably, with supporting vibration alerts
- The tape is breathable, skin-friendly tape and gentle to the skin
Disadvantages of the mylife YpsoPump
- The mylife YpsoPump is a tethered pump that is attached via a tube, which could snag on objects
- The pump, accessories and supplies can be expensive if not covered by the NHS or insurance
- Uncommonly people may be allergic to the adhesive tape
- You need to change the inserter and infusion set every 2-3 days to keep the skin healthy and prevent infection and lipohypertrophy
OmniPod DASH insulin pump
The Omnipod DASH® System is a state-of-the-art insulin pump that combines wireless and tubeless technology. The Omnipod DASH® can simplify life and free you from multiple daily injections.
The Pod is small, light and attached directly to your body without unwieldy tubes. A smartphone-like device controls the Pod so you can deliver insulin at the touch of a finger.
OmniPod DASH pump advantages
- The OmniPod DASH is compact, and there are no wires or tubes
- The device is waterproof for up to 7.6 metres for one hour. It’s safe to bathe, shower, swim or enjoy watersports with the pump on
- You can administer accurate, small doses of insulin from just 0.05 units
- There is a built-in FreeStyle blood glucose meter
- The Personal Diabetes Manager or PDM can be carried separately in a bag, pocket, or on a belt. It communicates wirelessly with the pump allowing you to give a bolus quickly
- You can load 200 units of insulin in the reservoir, which allows you to wear the device for up to three days without refilling
OmniPod DASH pump disadvantages
- The cost of the Pods, accessories and supplies can be expensive if not covered by the NHS or insurance
- Although discreet, the Pods may be visible under clothing, especially in children and people with small frames
- You have to load between 85 and 200 units of insulin
- Rigorous exercise or knocking the unit can interrupt the supply
- The Pod can make a skin bulge at the point of contact
- You have to replace the Pod after 72 hours
- The OmniPod does not integrate with a CGM directly
Ypsomed insulin pump cost
The cost of your Ypsomed insulin pump will depend on the device you choose. Some patients will be able to access a pump on prescription through the NHS or via private medical insurance. Otherwise, pumps are available through private diabetes clinics or online.
OmniPod insulin pump cost
OmniPod costs depend on how many Pods you use. You can load 200 units of insulin at a time; this lasts up to three days. But if you need more insulin, you will need more Pods, and costs will increase.
The OmniPod system, including the touchscreen PDM and a year's supply of pods, costs between £2,000 and £3,000 per patient per year.
You also need to consider adhesive patches (£0.20 – £0.30 each); antiseptic skin wipes (£0.10 – £0.20 each), and insurance to cover your pump damage, loss or theft.