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INPUT Insulin Pump Exhibitions 2012
Any (insulin pump) Question Answered

Have you heard about insulin pumps and wondered how to find out more about them? Do you have questions about what it’s like using a pump? Would you like to see in real life the makes and models of pumps you’ve heard about? Or do you have questions or concerns about NHS funding for pumps? Your chance to chat with pump users and pump company representatives about all these topics (and more) could be just around the corner at an INPUT roadshow!

Current Venues and Dates (further information on venues below). More dates and venues being added soon.

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Who: open to all people with diabetes and their family members or carers who want to learn about the principles and practical aspects of pump therapy over a cup of tea or coffee.

We have invited the following companies to exhibit:

Abbott (Freestyle Navigator)
Advanced Therapeutics (Dana & Dexcom)
Animas
Cellnovo
Medtronic
Roche
Ypsomed (OmniPod)

View my Blog about the superb previous Input Roadshow I attended in Luton.

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I decided to attend the Input Roadshow held at Hilton Garden Inn – Luton on Saturday 14th April running from 1.00pm – 4.30pm and it was great to see Lesley and Anna from Input for a catch up.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people with Diabetes attend to ask questions and see what Insulin Pumps are currently available. The companies who attended were Animas, Roche, Medtronic, Cellnovo and Advanced Therapeutics all showing off their latest pieces of Diabetes kit.

I arrived at 1.00pm and was greeted by the Input team that put this super event together so well done to the Input team for a great event. My main objective was to say hi to some of my contacts from the Insulin Pump companies and to see what new technology is available.

I am already very familiar with the Medtronic Veo and Animas Vibe which are both superb Insulin Pumps which offer integrated CGM but I didn’t get a chance to chat with the team from Advanced Therapeutics (sorry guys) which I was a little annoyed at but purely because they were busy and I run out of time unfortunately. I did however get to speak with Jill from Animas who I have met a few times and Justin from Medtronic who again I know very well so it was good to have a chat. I wanted to know more about the Accu-Chek Combo pump as i had not seen it before and how it works so spoke with Sue who also gave me a demo of the system which was great as everything you need can be done by the handheld BG Smart Meter very easily, I also like the software which gave some great reports and was easy to understand. Next I spoke with Carol from Cellnovo which is a new pump shortly being released and certainly looks amazing with its iPhone looking handset to the small patch pump, unfortunately I don’t know a huge amount about the Cellnovo pump as it is very new. Cellnovo is basically a patch pump with an amazing smart handset that can do everything from testing your BG with a built in blood glucose meter for test strips to monitoring exercise due to the patch pump having a built in accelerometer – wow.

My next task is to try and convince Cellnovo to let me try their pump so I can physically see how it works day to day as seeing it in your hand is different to sleeping, working or even excersining wearing the patch pump.

All in all a very enjoyable afternoon and superbly organised by Input so well done guys. Check out the Input web site for more info on forthcoming events as it is well worth a visit.

Andrew Borrett

My Pump
My Pump Blog

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Hi,

I can’t believe I have already been on an Insulin Pump for 4 years which means my current pumps warranty is up for renewal and at the moment I use an Animas 2020 pump which has been great.

So I am currently using the New Animas Vibe and hope my blog shares some information that you may find useful.

The Animas Vibe insulin pump and CGM system combines state-of
the-art Dexcom G4 Sensing technology with high-performance Animas pumping. That means it gives you the features Animas® pumps are known for, like waterproof durability¥, fine-tuned dosing and a high-contrast, self-illuminating colour display. It’s also designed to streamline the whole CGM experience for you, while giving you a full-colour view of how your glucose is behaving.

Animas Vibe is designed to give you a more complete picture of your glucose*. In addition, its packed with a unique combination of features designed to help you perform at your best.

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I didn’t realise that the pump needed to be replaced after 4 years and was a little worried that it may not be funded again but my hospital at High Wycombe are very good and sorted everything out for me very easily. I had been speaking with Caroline and Jill from Animas about renewing my Animas 2020 pump and that I would like to try the Animas Vibe with CGM which they arranged for me.

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My day started at High Wycombe Diabetes Centre with Caroline, Jill and Una (DSN) on Monday 30th January 2012, as you can imagine I was very excited indeed. My old pump was really difficult to read the screen which had put me off the Animas pump but what I discovered was that the screen on my old pump had burnt out so needed replacing (That was a relief and of course Animas said they would replace it). We went through the functions of the new Animas Vibe pump which is pretty much the same as the Animas 2020 apart from the fact it has CGM so I already had a head start, I love how easy the Vibe is to use and the fact you have a nice clear colour screen especially when looking at the CGM trend graph as pictured above. The team at Animas and Una were really great and went through everything with me especially on how to use the CGM and inserting it, I am just so frustrated that I can’t get funding from the PCT for CGM.

The actual insertion of the sensor is very easy and didn’t really hurt at all but more of a scratch which I was pleasantly surprised with, the sensors are recommended to be placed on your tummy and not on your back which makes it easier to insert. I did however have an issue with the first sensor which must have hit a blood vessel as a couple of hours later the CGM alarmed to say it was not working, I spoke to Animas who said to change the sensor as when I was with them it looked as though it had possibly hit a small blood vessel. The setting up of the CGM was very easy once the sensor had been inserted and I actually managed easily on my own. The sensor last for 7 days and alarms to let you know once the 7 days has finished, I like the fact you can wear it for 7 days without changing. The second sensor I used went in perfectly and I had no problems at all and again was like a sharp scratch so no pain really.

In regards to the results given by the CGM please remember that the CGM is really to be used to give trends rather than exact blood glucose readings, at the end of the day pricking your finger is still the most accurate. My results compared to finger prick testing were out by quite a way to be honest (not all the time though) but I had been suffering with a nasty chest infection for over a week then travelled to Sweden for a few days, this probably didn’t help with the results so I do hope I get another chance to test the CGM now I am well – we shall see. I have one sensor left as of today Monday 27th Feb and plan to use this after my next Diabetes check up and I will then have used my months trial and can upload my results for my DSN.

So would I use CGM if it was funded by the PCT – yes most definately as it made me feel a lot less worried whilst travelling knowing it would alarm if my BG level was too low.

I hope this helps and hopefully I will get the chance to try some more sensors while I am feeling well but watch this space. Please email or comment if you have any questions at all.

Many thanks

Andrew Borrett
www.mypump.co.uk
www.mypumpblog.com

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INPUT Insulin Pump Exhibitions 2012
Any (insulin pump) Question Answered

Have you heard about insulin pumps and wondered how to find out more about them? Do you have questions about what it’s like using a pump? Would you like to see in real life the makes and models of pumps you’ve heard about? Or do you have questions or concerns about NHS funding for pumps? Your chance to chat with pump users and pump company representatives about all these topics (and more) could be just around the corner at an INPUT roadshow!

Current Venues and Dates (further information on venues below). More dates and venues being added soon.

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Luton – 14th April 2012
Chester – 19th May 2012

Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
Who: open to all people with diabetes and their family members or carers who want to learn about the principles and practical aspects of pump therapy over a cup of tea or coffee.

We have invited the following companies to exhibit:

Abbott (Freestyle Navigator)
Advanced Therapeutics (Dana & Dexcom)
Animas
Cellnovo
Medtronic
Roche
Ypsomed (OmniPod)

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Luton – Saturday 14th April 2012
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Luton North Hotel, LU2 8DD

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Chester – Saturday 19th May 2012
Venue: Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, Chester, CH1 1HL.

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A message from John Davis
Posted on January 6, 2012 by inputadmin www.input.me.org

John Davis

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I have been overwhelmed by the response to the announcement that I am to receive an MBE for services to diabetes in the New Year’s Honours list. I had no idea of the depth of feeling there is regarding my work with INPUT. It has been a humbling experience and I thank you all for your messages of congratulations.
Obviously it is a great honour and privilege to be recognised in such a way, and I am very proud to receive it. I believe that it is acknowledgment that, at last, insulin pump therapy has received the recognition that it deserves.

However, it could not have been achieved without the help and support of all of you out there in the “pump community.” There have been many who have contributed over the years and it is not possible to mention them all, but I must pay special tribute to Jackie Jacombs of the UK CWD Advocacy Group, who has been invaluable help for so long, and to Lesley Jordan, who has now taken over the reins of INPUT upon my retirement.

I would also like to give special thanks to;
Joan Everett, DSN at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. It was with Joan’s help that I started INPUT in 1998, back then there were only 180 pump users in the UK. Now there must be around 20,000.
Dr Fiona Campbell, who invited me to Leeds to make a presentation on insulin pumps to her Yorkshire colleagues. I took 3 children and their parents with me. I let the children tell their own story of life with a pump. It was after this presentation that Fiona decided to start using pumps in her clinic.

Finally, Prof John Pickup, a great man, who has not had the recognition he deserves for all his work in developing the pump. He gave me invaluable help in the early years.
It can be frustrating to be ahead of the curve. It took me several years of lobbying to get influential organisations and personalities in diabetes care in the UK to take pump therapy seriously. It is satisfying that we are now all going in the same direction.

Thank you

John Davis MBE

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