Considering OmniPod


Is that true? My son has swam for hours and never had an issue.


Apparently it is what Insulet states. We have never ever timed Caleb’s water activities. He’s never under water for 60 minutes or longer. Maybe this statement has to do with complete immersion for that long? It’s the first I’ve heard of this after using OmniPod for ten years.


Good info. I’m new to posting…

I’m considering an after 17 years with Minimed. What about shipping the pods, anyone had problems getting them shipped on time? With the Minimed I had to use a secondary supplier or suppliers - companies merged, got bought out, or changed policies,… no fun. Sounds like you deal only with Omnipod; for all things Omnipod, correct?

Also what about a backup PDM if you travel out of your home county? If your PDM dies or gets stolen while abroad what do you do? In the past, with Minimed I get a used loaner pump. Does Omnipod offer loaner PDMs?


We’ve only used Insulet for our supplies but I believe people also get them from suppliers - edgemark comes to mind - maybe I have that wrong.

I’ve never inquired about a loaner. We’ve traveled a fair amount. It’s a valid concern. For quite a while I’ve had an older generation system I pack with me. Hopefully others will report their experience.


One disadvantage I see with Omnipod (maybe with other tubed pumps too, but I don’t know) is they totally messed up the insulin on board for extended boluses (where they say that all insulin to be given is actually on board: absolutely WRONG, because if I stop the extended bolus it will not be on board), and the insulin on board given with temp basals is not computed either, so it is possible to go low if using the bolus calculator after a temp basal.
The minimum step increment of 0.05 units does not make it very precise either, specially for kids who are more sensitive. And the PDM is ugly looking.
As its main advantage, I see the tubeless feature.


Speaking in terms of Animas and Tandem pumps, only bolus delivered are counted for insulin on board.

Basal are not a part of that nor are bolus not yet delivered.


You’re right that it’s not presented on the status screen as clearly as it could be, but:

  1. while the IOB total shown includes the extended still to be delivered, the status screen also shows how much of the extended bolus remains, and the time remaining for it;
  2. if you cancel the extended bolus, the IOB will adjust to show your actual IOB; the “Last bolus” will show how much of your extended bolus was given; and the insulin history will show you the details of how much was delivered in how much time.

I am not sure if any pump includes basals in the bolus/IOB calculations, and for good reason. Since basal (temp or not) shouldn’t be covering for food, it’s independent of any bolus calculation, and is therefore disregarded when it comes to IOB.


It would be helpful if you could see it. Not for calculating boluses, but for knowing what your current basal number really was.

Like if I turn off my basal right now, the basal number will say zero. But since I have been delivering basal insulin for days and days, and since the insulin duration is several hours, I know it will be a few hours before I am actually at zero basal.


So if I want to see the actual insulin on board without making calculations I will have to stop the extended bolus and then set it again. Should be much simpler in my opinion


You don’t have to stop it. Your home screen shows total IOB (which includes any extended bolus still to be delivered) and also the amount of extended bolus remaining. Just subtract the latter from the former to get your current actual IOB.

Say I’m in the middle of an extended bolus, and the IOB shown is 3.50, and the extended bolus line reads “1.25 U 0:24 remains,” then my IOB right now is 3.50 - 1.25 = 2.25 U. But yes, I agree it would be nice to be able to see that rather than have to calculate it.

Or am I misinterpreting your question?