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Comparison of Pumps

Looking for a simple comparison of the insulin pumps currently available in Canada? Confused by technical terms and unfamiliar features? We've cut to the chase here, highlighting the features most important to real pump users and their families. (That's us!)

For a more detailed explanation of the technical terms as well as a distinguishing between similar and unique features, please see Pump Model Similarities, Unique to Animas Pump, Unique to Medtronic Pump and Unique to Omnipod Pump.

Please note that this article contains affiliate links.


The following insulin pumps are currently licensed for distribution in Canada (as of Jan 1, 2016):

Animas® - One Touch® Ping® and Vibe®

Medtronic Paradigm® and Veo

Omnipod
® distributed by Insulet

*Accu-Chek pump is currently not available in Canada (as of 2016), but they are still selling/distributing Accu-Chek infusion sets.





Insulin Pump Comparison Chart


 Features:
*Accu-Chek

Animas
Medtronic
Omnipod          

Varied basal rates across
the day


           
Yes
(0.025 to 25 u/hr)
Yes
(0.025 to 35 u/hr)
Yes
(0.05 to 30 u/hr)

Varied Insulin Sensitivity Factors (ISF) across the day


Yes   Yes    Yes 

Alternate Basal Pattern programming


Yes
(4 profiles including primary)
Yes
(3 profiles including primary)
Yes
(7 profiles including primary)

Temporary Basal Rate programming
 
 
Yes
(from pump)
Yes

Yes
(from meter)

Linked meter communicates blood glucose results wirelessly to the insulin pump


Yes
(no with Vibe)

Yes
 
Yes 

Bolus calculator
 

Yes
(ezCarb/ezBG from pump or meter)
Yes
(Bolus Wizard)



Yes
(Suggested Bolus calculator from meter only)


Bolus Delivery Range (in units of insulin)


0.05 to 35 u
0.025 to 75 u
0.05 to 30 u
Bolus Delivery Speed



2 speeds:
Normal OR Slow
3 speeds:
  Variable depending on dose
1 speed:
Very Slow

Bolus Shortcut Function (Quick Bolus)
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 

Programmable Reminders
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 

“Active insulin remaining” calculation
 

Yes
"Insulin on Board"
Yes
"Bolus on Board"
Yes
"Insulin on Board"

You can set maximums for basal rates, boluses, and total daily
insulin
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 

Auto shut off
(if no input for a period of time)
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 

Suspend and resume functions
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 

Low cartridge warning
 
  Yes  Yes  Yes 

Locking keypad
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 

Insulin pump history (boluses, basal rates, total daily insulin delivery, etc)


Yes  Yes  Yes 

Tubing-Free

  No  No  Yes 
Types of infusion sets you can use

Multiple (6, 8, 9, or 10mm; angled or 90°
insertion; flexible or metal cannula; with or without auto-inserter device)  

Multiple (6 or 9mm; angled or 90° insertion; flexible or metal cannula; with or without auto-inserter device) 

Multiple (6 or 9mm; angled or 90° insertion; flexible or metal cannula; with or without auto-inserter device) 
6.5mm angled 

Compatible Infusion Sets
 

 
Any brand that use a Luer-lock connection  Medtronic Sets


Omnipod
(infusion set is built-in)


Waterproof/Water-Resistance Rating
 



IPX8
(pump guaranteed against prolonged submersion)

IPX7
(pump is water-resistant)


IPX8
(pump guaranteed against prolonged submersion)


Integrated Continuous Glucose Monitor
 

Yes
(with Vibe; not with Ping)
Yes  No 

Low-Glucose Suspend feature (for those with integrated CGM)


No 
Yes
 
n/a

Reservoir sizes available
 
 
1 size
(200U)
2 sizes
(180U or 300U) 
1 size
(200U) 
If cartridge/reservoir runs out of insulin… 

 
… you can refill cartridge/reservoir without replacing infusion set  … you can refill cartridge/reservoir without replacing infusion set
… you need to replace the pod (infusion set).

 

Can bolus wirelessly from meter remote


Yes
(no with Vibe)
If user purchases separate remote option  Yes

Insulin pump is fully operational on its own (i.e. without the meter remote).
 
 
Yes  Yes  No 

You can use other meters as desired (but without automatic communication of results to the insulin pump.)
 

Yes  Yes  Yes 
Web-based data analysis software available





Yes
(Diasend)
(ezMax computer-based software also available)

Yes
(Carelink)




 
Co-Pilot
(not available in Canada)




Alert-Directed Navigation 
No  Yes  No 
Carb pre-set option 
Yes  No  Yes 
Vacation loaner program 
Yes Yes
No
Warranty period

 



4 years
(pump and meter)
6 months
(CGM transmitter)



4 years
(pump)
1 year
(CGM portion)


5 years
(PDM meter)




We suggest that if you are considering a transition to a insulin pump, or if your child’s current insulin pump warranty is ending soon, consider the different features outlined above as a starting point to your research; then check out the websites for the different manufacturers and speak directly to company representatives, so that you and your child have all the information (concrete and intuitive) needed to choose the insulin pump that best fits your family.



Any questions? Comments? Feel free to Contact Us.




The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by representatives of Animas and Medtronic.


This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.



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