By Adam Garcia
Discover the NEW Solo™ Insulin Pump. Learn how the Solo™ Works, how to wear it, how it is different from other pumps, and if it is covered by insurance in diabetic technology today.
The Solo™ is a system made up of two parts which work together wirelessly, the MicroPump and the Remote. It delivers insulin in a personalized way and keeps you updated on the status of your MicroPump. Of course, the MicroPump is the “heart” of the Solo™ system.
Basically, the pump is made up of a disposable insulin Reservoir and a 90 day reusable Pump Base that stores all your pump parameters for accurate and precise 24 hour basal delivery as well as boluses on demand. 200 units of insulin can be held in the Reservoir and should be replaced based on the insulin manufacturer recommendations.
The MicroPump is attached to your body with a Cradle that allows insulin delivery through a soft tube (Cannula). At anytime or anywhere the pump can be attached or detached. As with all other insulin pumps, you should change your infusion site (our Cannula Cradle Set) every two or three days. For a bad insertion site, all that is needed to do is change the Cannula Cradle Set – not the entire MicroPump, saving insulin and cost!
Since the micropump is the “heart” of the system, the “brains” of the operation is found in the wireless remote. It is about the size of a smart phone and it allows you to program you’re basal and bolus delivery just like any traditional pump. It includes all the “bells and whistles.” However, instead of being connected to the pump, it wirelessly downloads all the information to the MicroPump so it can work continuously, even if the remote is not within reach! In addition, the Remote provides you support, such as:
- Solo Bolus Guide helps you figure out how much insulin to take for high blood sugars or carbs you plan to eat
- Easy color menus guide you through everything
- Set up and supply change “wizards” make it a snap to get going and maintain your Solo
- All the functions and safety features of traditional pumps
- Messages tell you what is happening and what to do – in plain English!
- History tracking includes entered blood sugars, BG trend graphs and insulin delivery for the past 90 days
The Solo™ MicroPump can be worn any place on your body you currently inject insulin or wear your pump infusion set. It’s easy to put on Solo™, and with 2 cannula lengths (6mm; 9mm), you can choose the most comfortable length for you! More importantly, it’s easy to take it off too, just click the MicroPump out of the cradle if you want to go in a sauna, hot tub or other place that could damage your insulin. For emergency purposes you can suspend insulin flow by removing the micropump. Then reattach and resume with NO WASTED INSULIN!
Plus, it’s all you ever wanted in a traditional insulin pump, but more discreet and adaptable letting you do what you want, when you want. Here are the features:
- It is the smallest, lightest insulin pump available
- It is tube-free, but still lets you detach and reattach – without wasting insulin or supplies!
- Solo gives you a back-up pump, a 3 month pump base, as a spare to give you peace of mind
- Bolus on demand – allows you the flexibility and safety of giving a bolus on the Remote or directly on the MicroPump
- Pay as you pump pricing means a low upfront cost
You may be asking at this time, “What about Insurance coverage for the Solo?” At this time, Medingo is working with insurance companies to gain reimbursement for the Solo MicroPump System. However, insurance companies have been very receptive to the product and the Pay-as-You-Pump model.
Medingo plans to release the Solo in January of 2010. If you want to order a demo kit or to see more just click here. Watch the Solo™ in action below:
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Information was obtained for this article from Solo™