We’ve come a long way! Around 1980, the first insulin pumps were crude devices converted from large chemotherapy pumps. They had a single basal rate with manual boluses. An early version called the Blue Brick or Big Blue had a large syringe exposed on the outside of the pump. It required the wearer to dilute insulin to accommodate the pump’s large syringe. Infusion sets came only with straight needles bent by hand for use, with a butterfly handle if you were lucky.
Now four decades on, we’ve gained better precision, improved insulins, multiple basal rates, bolus calculators, CGMs, Bluetooth connectivity, and software advances. Today’s AIDs offer a totally different experience. The resources below will update you on some of the latest.
Pump and AID Information Resources
A General Overview of AID Systems by the German Diabetes Association’s Working Group for Diabetes & Technology
Details of Tandem Diabetes t:slim X2 with Control-IQ by the German Diabetes Association’s Working Group for Diabetes & Technology
Tandem Quick Reference Sheets
18 quick guides to giving a bolus, giving a bolus from a Smartphone, loading the cartridge, downloading with the t:connect software, connecting to a Dexcom CGM, etc.
MedtronicTM Quick Reference Guides
MedtronicTM 770G insulin pump
Details of Medtronic 780G with AutoMode Smart Guard by the German Diabetes Association’s Working Group for Diabetes & Technology
Medtronic CarelinkTM software
Medtronic InPenTM Smart Insulin Pen
Medtronic GuardianTM Connect CGM
Omnipod® Quick Start Guide
Quick Start Guide has quick tips for operation and a 2-page download for full operating steps.
Dexcom’s Product Guides include numerous guidance sheets for the G6 CGM, Clarity software, and the Professional G6 CGM (blinded CGM for clinicians)
Freestyle Libre Pro (blinded CGM for clinicians)
Freestyle Optium Neo Meter with glucose testing in 5 seconds and ketone testing in 10 seconds
Eversense® Sensionics CGM
Sensionics E3 CGM details its 6-month implanted sensor that connects to an Android™ or iOS® smartphone, Apple Watch®, and Apple Health®