The amount of insulin that is still active in the body from a previous correction bolus dose. The amount of time insulin remains “on board” or active depends on each individual’s duration of insulin action. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine your duration of insulin action. The OmniPod System continually calculates the IOB to help prevent stacking of correction bolus doses, which is a major cause of hypoglycemia.
Using an individual’s correction factor (sensitivity factor), the reverse correction is a calculation that reduces a portion of a meal bolus dose when the patient’s blood glucose level is below their blood glucose target. This feature is an option of the PDM, which should be turned on or off according to the advice of a healthcare provider.
* Nate is only 21-months so he does not have huge insulin needs. His basal rates change throughout the day and the night so we love all of the different basal rates available. Here are his current settings:
* My most important tip is for site changes! I actually got the idea from Tracy and her brave boy, Zane. We give Nate a Dum-Dum lollipop during site change and it makes the entire ordeal almost a non-issue. Nice!
I know there are many out there that have been pumping and podding longer than we have that can offer more advice, tips and tricks but I just wanted to answer some of the questions that I received via email, comments and Facebook.
Oh thank you SO much for all these tips! Love the explanation too.I really appreciate them! We are just beginning the journey to be 'Pod' people so every little but helps from people who truly use the thing!
Gotta check out the Smith and Nephew products you mentioned. Do you mind me asking where you get them? Drugstore or prescription? I am off to find them!
Great post :)
From my other research and this post, the Omnipod appears to function pretty much the same as the other pumps. DIA, correction factors, ratios, basals, times of each setting change -- they can all be tailored individually using any pump.
The only differences I can see from your post is that both Animas and the new MM Revel offer smaller increments of dosage (0.025u) and, well, then there's that IOB thing...which, I'm not going to debate either, but I did want to make one itsy bitsy correction:
It doesn't actually calculate IOB differently.
The other pumps account for IOB from a correction the exact same way. It's just that the other pumps have an additional safety feature of including carb boluses in their IOB to prevent stacked insulin doses.
In the end, they all administer insulin, for the most part, the same.
Thank you, Laura, for giving as unbiased, upclose look at the Pod. Our 8-year old son was dx 5/13/09, and his Pod should be shipping this week. I'm nervous, anxious, excited, but knowing you've made the transition and it's working so well helps me take a breath. And, I can't wait to take a long trip without dealing with shots in the car!
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