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OmniPod® - a wireless insulin pump

Shared by insulinforlife on 2014-01-06 19:58

About the solution

OmniPod® is a tubeless insulin pump developed by John Brooks III after his son, Robert, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 3. The insulin pumps available on the market at the time were very expensive and Brooks wanted to provide an alternative that was cheaper and allowed the user to move freely while wearing them.

The device he created has two parts: a wearable Pod that holds and delivers the insulin; and a PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) with a built-in blood glucose meter. The PDM wirelessly programs and calculates suggested doses and insulin on board allowing a personalised insulin delivery. The insulin insertion is made through a push of a button on the PDM reducing hassle and chance for human error.

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John Brooks III developed OmniPod® after his son, Robert, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 3.

Comments (2)

  • Andrew Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:44

    I have used an omnipod for 9 months now. The biggest advantage is at restaurants etc. when I no longer have to inject at the table. Using the PDM is like using a mobile phone, you just key in the meal CHO quantity while sitting at the table with the food in front of you, and pressing the enter button. No one else knows what is going on, and as a mobile phone is part of everyday use, no-one takes a second glance. For a drawn out meal, I can dial in the amount of insulin to use for each course. It takes just seconds. My hypos have diminished in severity, as there is no longer any "long acting" insulin in my body.

  • Sarah Fuller Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:01

    Oh how I wish we could get these in Australia! :-(

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