Continuing the discussion from Pumpers: square bolusing:
Most pumps do the same things but in their need for proprietary business-motivated exclusivity, they have sown the seeds of confusion in our community. It would be nice if we could claim a universal pump language that describes accurately and unambiguously what we do with a pump.
A pump is just a syringe with brains and a memory. It can deliver a single immediate dose of insulin just like a syringe. Whether this is based on or motivated by a meal dose to cover carbs, a correction dose to bring down a high BG, or just added insulin because we have a hunch, it doesn’t change its nature across insulin pump brands. It’s still an immediate bolus.
A pump can also deliver a bolus over time. The manufacturers may not have intended to confuse us but their proprietary nature sure has that effect. It’s variously called an extended bolus or square wave bolus. They mean the exact same thing but the duplicative terminology seems destined to especially create confusion among new pumpers trying to learn all the lingo and connect with other pumpers on the DOC.
When the pump combines an immediate bolus and bolus over time features, it awards yet another name that has sent its phalanx of attorneys scampering off to the patent and copyright office to greedily claim nouns of its own with nary a thought as to how these duplicate names may harm the communication of their beloved customers. One company calls it a combination bolus, another deems it a dual wave bolus, and a third a multi-wave bolus.
I wish I could get all these players in one room and tell them to “knock it off!” They’re acting like childish fools and are actually doing a disservice to the people they claim to serve. The industry should just get together and decide on the best, most descriptive, standardized terms and let those standards play out across all the various pump models.
We’re starting to see the begrudging and slow acceptance of the data these devices produce recognized as belonging to the patient/user. The emergence of third parties like Diasend and Tidepool and their permitted ability to access data from multiple devices and produce some information so that we, the authors and people who can benefit the most from our data, can view and act on the info.
Does anyone else see this business behavior as needless and without value to people with diabetes?