Medtronic Insulin Pump

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Who is Medtronic?

Medtronic makes a range of insulin pumps and cutting-edge insulin pump systems to help you control your diabetes and focus on your life, not your glucose levels.

Medtronic is one of the largest global healthcare companies. Medtronic has worked with people living with diabetes for more than 30 years, helping change the way they manage their condition and empowering them to enjoy greater freedom and better health.

The Medtronic MiniMed™ 780G insulin pump

MiniMed™ 780G insulin pump integrates with the Medtronic Guardian™ 4 sensor to create Medtronic’s most advanced insulin delivery system. The system automatically adjusts your basal insulin and autocorrects your dosing to achieve better glycaemic control with less effort. The features include:

  • An easier way to stabilise your blood glucose levels
  • Automatic insulin delivery adjustment for easier glucose control. The MiniMed™ 780G insulin pump responds to CGM readings from your Medtronic Guardian™ 4 sensor. It autocorrects highs, making minor adjustments to your basal insulin delivery every five minutes, as needed
  • SmartGuard technology: The MiniMed™ 780G system anticipates your insulin needs. It adjusts your insulin delivery, automatically correcting highs and protecting you from lows. It gives you more insulin if your glucose is trending high and automatically reduces your insulin if your glucose levels are low, helping to prevent hypos
  • Fewer injections: The MiniMed™ 780G offers 90% fewer injections than multiple daily injections
  • No finger pricks: When you use the MiniMed™ 780G with the Guardian™ 4 sensor and transmitter, you will need to take a blood glucose reading for calibration when you first enter the SmartGuard™ feature. You won’t need to regularly finger prick. However, it’s essential to use a blood glucose meter for important diabetes decisions and if your glucose alerts or CGM readings don’t match your symptoms
  • Improved diabetes control: The MiniMed™ 780G helps patients achieve HbA1c goal of 7.0%
  • More time in your target range: The MiniMed™ 780G helps you reach time within your target range. On average, people using the MiniMed™ 780G system spend 76% of their time in their target range
  • Automatic upload of your data
  • Remote follow-ups
  • Smartphone app: The MiniMed™ Mobile app is available for most iOS and Android smartphones. The app allows you to view and track your glucose levels on your smartphone. You can also get notifications on your phone if you’re going high or low
  • Trusted and recommended: In surveys, 99% of people agreed that the MiniMed™ 780G insulin pump system was better than their previous therapy with multiple daily injections and CGM

Medtronic MiniMed™ 670G insulin pump

The Medtronic MiniMed™ 670G insulin pump works together with a Medtronic Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to form an innovative hybrid closed loop system, the world’s first self-adjusting insulin pump system. . The pump and your monitor work around the clock to control your blood sugar levels and keep them within your target range.

The MiniMed™ 670G can automatically pause your insulin supply when your glucose levels fall too low- but it can also adjust your basal insulin. The CGM sends your blood sugar readings to the pump every five minutes. In response to this information, the pump increases or reduces the amount of insulin it delivers.

In summary, the features include:

  • Hypo prevention: The MiniMed™ 670G can automatically pause your insulin delivery if your glucose levels fall too low, preventing hypos
  • Flexible use: You can use the MiniMed™ 670G pump in two modes, manual and automatic. In manual mode, you set the basal rates. The pump will alarm if your glucose levels are too high or too low. The device will suspend your insulin if your levels are too low
  • In automatic mode, the pump will automatically adjust your basal insulin delivery depending on readings from your continuous glucose monitor
  • Fewer finger pricks: You will need to do a finger-prick test when you eat or need a correction bolus dose of insulin. The device will also ask you to do a blood check to calibrate the pump and ensure it’s working safely

Where can you buy Medtronic insulin pumps in the UK?

The NHS provides most insulin pumps in the UK. To get a pump, you have to meet strict eligibility criteria. Also, you may not be able to get the latest or most advanced device.

If you can’t get the pump you want on the NHS, you can buy a Medtronic insulin pump privately online or through a specialist diabetes clinic like The London Diabetes Centre.

Online pump purchase

When buying an insulin pump, you need to check if your NHS diabetes team will support your therapy. Diabetes.co.uk recommends that you arrange how you will get ongoing care before purchasing a pump.

If you need private diabetes care to support your insulin pump therapy, discuss your needs with your team before investing. They can recommend suitable pumps for your diabetes, preferences and budget.

Private diabetes clinics

A private diabetes clinic like The London Diabetes Centre provides expert assessment, training and access to cutting-edge insulin pumps. The London Diabetes Centre will customise your training, ensuring you have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the most of your Medtronic insulin pump and control your diabetes.

Sources:

https://shop.medtronic-diabetes.co.uk/

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2020/feb/Self-adjusting-insulin-pump-sees-success-with-Durham-mother.html

https://www.medtronic-diabetes.co.uk

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