I have found that Drs/Endo’s dont really know many details about the differences in specific pumps - and they tend not to give their opinions. The sales reps tend to know the most…and also alot about the competition.
I would ask about:
- types of batteries
- dosing amounts(how small can the pump go—Animas can go as low as .05 units for bolus, and .025 for basals–however, i am real insulin sensitive and dont need that.
- CGM incorporation–right now MM is the only one(which is why you shoudl get a MM) but there is not much information on line about Animas and Deltec incorporating and when
- warranty length
- Incorporation of BG meter—Animas allows you to key in your BS, MM beams your meter readings, and Deltec has a meter that you can attach.
On your own you need to look at the meter types compatable and check with your prescription plan to make sure that your insurance will pay for the meter strips at a somethign besides a ‘non-formulary price’ This can save you $100’s per year.
My plug - i had 3 previous MM pumps…last go round the MM rep did not call me back and the Animas rep was all over it…i went with an Animas. I like it, but i do regret not going with the MM since they have the incorporated CGM. If here was no CGM -i really dont think it matters. Waterproofing should not a a deal maker or breaker unless you swim every day for more than an hour. You pretty much have to take the pump off in the shower - because there is no where to put it.—
When you pick a pump and schedule your educator to come out and train you, tell him/her that you want to try every different kind of infusion set…there are several on the market and it took me years to find the kind i like best.