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MiniMed 530G with Enlite Explained

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  11/5/2013 4:26 PM

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Since receiving FDA approval for the MiniMed 530G with Enlite in September, it has been really enjoyable hearing your feedback, and most recently, your experiences using the new system. In addition to sharing your enthusiasm for this new technology, you’ve asked some good questions. To help you understand what’s new we created a video for you. Still have questions after watching? Let us know in the comments!

Comments

Donald rutherford

Posted on Tue Nov 05 23:22:37 GMT 2013

My pump only 1yr old do you have a trade in for this new pump and sensor

susan katt

Posted on Tue Nov 05 23:28:47 GMT 2013

I am trying to get this pump and sensor. I would like to see a video of the insertion of the sensor. I tried the other sensor but it wasn't for me!

Dustin Hogan

Posted on Wed Nov 06 00:26:10 GMT 2013

Wonderful piece of technology. This should be the ultimate game changer.

The Enlite sensor is much better than the previous. Pair this with Carelink- I've been able to adjust basal rates so the suspend function doesn't have to work so hard.

Thank You for this system!

Jean Handrow

Posted on Wed Nov 06 15:48:28 GMT 2013

Is it waterproof?

Naomi

Posted on Wed Nov 06 15:52:18 GMT 2013

Donald, I’ll have someone from my team contact you soon to talk about your upgrade options.

Hi Susan. The Enlite sensor features several improvements, including improved comfort and accuracy, which could improve your experience. You can watch a video of the Enlite insertion here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MedtronicDiabetes/home?x=us-en_products_638_16 Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

Dustin, thank you so much for sharing your experience using MiniMed 530G with Enlite! I am so happy to hear you are doing well and enjoying the new system!

Naomi

Posted on Wed Nov 06 16:37:08 GMT 2013

Great question, Jean. Medtronic insulin pumps are rated water resistant, but not waterproof. While typically they are fine in the case of an accidental splash or dunk, we do not recommend submerging them in water. You can find more information about water activities here: http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/additionalguidelinesforwateractivities

Scott E

Posted on Thu Nov 07 01:23:44 GMT 2013

Hi Naomi,
Other than the new CGM functionality which we've all been (im)patiently waiting for; is there anything else about the 530G that makes it different from/better than the Revel?

Naomi

Posted on Thu Nov 07 20:42:19 GMT 2013

Hi Scott. Thanks for asking. The advancements in the MiniMed 530G with Enlite are about the CGM technology. Compared to the Paradigm Revel system, which also includes a variety of features for precise and customizable insulin delivery, as well as predictive alerts and alarms to let you know where your glucose levels are and where they’re heading, the MiniMed 530G with Enlite has Threshold Suspend technology and the Enlite sensor, which is Medtronic’s most advanced glucose sensor. The Threshold Suspend technology is designed to suspend insulin delivery for up to two hours when sensor glucose values reach a preset low threshold, and if the person is unable to respond to the Threshold Suspend alarm. You can learn more about it here: http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/treatment-and-products/minimed-530g-diabetes-system-with-enlite. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

Lisa

Posted on Thu Nov 07 23:52:46 GMT 2013

Have the volume level been increased for the alarms on the MiniMed 530 compared to the paradigm?

Joel

Posted on Fri Nov 08 17:25:12 GMT 2013

Hi Lisa. The alarm volumes have not changed. However, there is a new alarm for the Threshold Suspend feature, which will continue to siren until the alarm is cleared.

Sandi

Posted on Sun Nov 10 01:04:34 GMT 2013

Hi, I called a couple weeks ago to get pre approval from my insurance company, to get the 530G with enlite. How long does it take to get a response?

Aaron Gruber

Posted on Sun Nov 10 16:15:33 GMT 2013

I just recently switched to this pump from another pump and I couldn't be happier. The system works so much better. I'm loving the sensor as well. It's nice to see my blood sugars overnight and being able to adjust my basal rates to fix them. This pump makes me look forward to my next A1C check.

Naomi

Posted on Mon Nov 11 17:43:02 GMT 2013

Hi Sandi. Thanks for reaching out. We have quite a number of new orders to process, so thanks for your patience as we are working hard to provide updates to everyone. I will have someone from my team contact you shortly to follow up to make sure you are taken care of.

Aaron, thanks for sharing! I am happy to hear you are doing well on pump therapy and enjoying our new system!

Pam

Posted on Tue Nov 12 14:50:05 GMT 2013

Can the Enlite sensor also be used with the MiniMed Paradigm 723 pump or is it only compatible with the 530G? Also, is the 530G compatible with MySentry?

Joel

Posted on Tue Nov 12 20:42:28 GMT 2013

Great questions, Pam! The Enlite sensor is only approved for use with the new MiniMed 530G system. At this time, the MiniMed 530G with Enlite is not approved for use with mySentry. mySentry is only approved for use with the Paradigm Revel system. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Steve

Posted on Wed Nov 13 14:53:39 GMT 2013

I have been using the 530g for a few weeks now. Confirming for Lisa... the alarm volumes have not been improved. WHY? I am NOT hard-of-hearing, but often miss the reminders when it's attached to my waist, and I'm scooted up under my desk at work, or working im my garage on the weekend. How hard is it to make the volume adjustable? How are folks with hearing impairments supposed to use this? Wake up Medtronic and listen. (I can say this because this was my feedback with the previous paradigm 5 years ago) For the $10K that the 530G w/Enlite costs, seems like this should have been a "given."
<begin sarcastic rant>
Oh wait... I see a new device (AKA new market opportunity) coming. It will be called the "myVolumeControl". It will be wireless and look like an iPod. It will have an HD color screen with a digital knob (to justify the $5,000 pricetag) It will only work with one pump system and will require 10 years of clinical trials to get FDA approval, but will only be approved for users over the age of 60.
On the other hand... my pancreas doesn't have a volume control, why should I expect the "artificial pancreas" to?
<end sarcastic rant>
<sigh>
<deep cleansing breath>
<zen fingers>
<out>

Drew Hughes

Posted on Wed Nov 13 15:15:18 GMT 2013

I want to upgrade but I do not do not want to pay 399 dollars. I been a customer since 2008. if its still in warranty I should get a free upgrade I been waiting for insurance verification medtronic needs to send a claim to my insurance

Joel

Posted on Wed Nov 13 23:40:19 GMT 2013

Hi Drew. Thanks for reaching out. I will have someone from my team contact you to discuss your upgrade options and insurance coverage.

Drew Hughes

Posted on Sun Nov 17 13:20:38 GMT 2013

Joel no one has reached me yet

Joel

Posted on Mon Nov 18 17:04:11 GMT 2013

Drew, thanks for following up with me. I just checked with our customer service team and our records indicate that you were left a message last Tuesday. They're going to have someone reach out to you again soon. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Naomi

Posted on Mon Nov 18 17:58:15 GMT 2013

Hi Steve. Thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear you’re frustrated with the alarm volume on your insulin pump. The insulin pump does also have a vibrate setting that might help you, if you're interested in discussing this in more detail I can connect you with someone from my team. Please know that pump therapy is not recommended for people whose vision or hearing does not allow recognition of pump signals and alarms. We absolutely do care and listen to the feedback customers like you provide to us. Customer feedback is why we have invested to improve the accuracy and comfort of our sensors and advance insulin delivery with Threshold Suspend. While I cannot comment specifically on any future products or features, I can assure you that we do listen to our customer’s feedback, and have a dedicated team working on what’s next.

Dennis

Posted on Sun Dec 22 02:46:24 GMT 2013

With the number of complaints I've seen on-line, the lack of volume control for alarms on the 530 is completely unbelievable. And the Enlite sensor is the biggest leap in reliable info I've seen since the jump from urine testing to home blood glucose testing. YAY- WHO, Medtronic.

Joel

Posted on Mon Dec 23 22:45:09 GMT 2013

Hi Dennis, thank you for your comment. The alarm volumes have not changed from our MiniMed Revel system. However, there is a new alarm for the Threshold Suspend feature, which will continue to siren until the alarm is cleared. If you’d like to learn more about the MiniMed 530G with Enlite, you can check out our website here: http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/treatment-and-products/minimed-530g-diabetes-system-with-enlite. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Leigh

Posted on Thu Jan 09 21:07:01 GMT 2014

Moms first day with 530g. She's already had the threshold suspend alert twice. (BG 59 at 6:50 am and BG 54 at 3:45 pm). She never heard the 6:50 am so it suspended. She discovered it upon waking at 7:10 AM. I heard the 3:45 pm. The threshold alert tone and volume is NO DIFFERENT (think Minions' bee/do/bee/do) than the 522 pump. ALSO the alarm did NOT continue to sound until it was cleared. It sounded once! VERY DISSAPOINTED and may likely return it. Since it does NOT continue to alarm until cleared, she may never know know it suspended delivery UNTIL she happens to look at it OR she starts running high. NOT HAPPY. Don't be fooled by the Medtronic marketing hype.

Lisa

Posted on Thu Jan 09 21:09:32 GMT 2014

I agree with the volume comment. After 12 yrs on a pump my mom has "tuned out" the alert signal and we were hoping the latest pump would amp up the noise a bit - alas...same as always. Has nothing to do with hearing impairement!! Volume is simply to muted, especially when other noise is going on, TV, mall noise, etc. She only feels vibrate if worn directly next to skin. (Neuropathy issue that you fail to account for!!) I would especially think the "suspend pump due to low BG" would be a louder alarm. Failure on your part for a feature that is much needed!! One positive feature -- Thank God the insertion for Enlite sensor isn't no longer medieval.

Joel

Posted on Fri Jan 10 17:27:00 GMT 2014

I'm so sorry to hear this, Leigh. If you’d like to email me your mother’s name and contact information at loopblog@medtronic.com, I’d be happy to have a member of my team reach out to her.

Joel

Posted on Fri Jan 10 17:29:00 GMT 2014

Hi Lisa. Thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear you’re frustrated with the alarm volume on your mother’s insulin pump. If she is interested in discussing this in more detail, please send me your mother’s name and contact information at loopblog@medtronic.com, and I can connect her with someone from my team who may be able to help.

Monica Kammerzell

Posted on Mon Feb 03 21:57:08 GMT 2014

I've had Type I DM for 37 years - am now 55. Worn a pump for the last 10 plus years. Am a nurse; usual in high acuity settings. The Enlite system/530G pump has been a Godsend for me!! I have hypoglycemia unawareness, and find myself trying to function with a 35 bloodsugar - not good at work. But I also, must agree with the alarm volume. My husband wears a CPAP mask at night, and between the layers of blanket, and the noise of his mask, I often do not hear the alarm. The threshold suspend is wonderful in those cases!! I check my bloodsugars 6-10 times/day, so I catch the suspend pretty quickly as a rule. My biggest problem is the continuous alarms going off, even after the blood sugar has been treated. Sometimes happens over and over again, and I can't sleep when I do hear the alarm, or have to excuse myself to the patients for the constant noise. Imagine everyone deals with this; but does get frustrating at times. I feel blessed though, to have this system - have avoided many hypoglycemic episodes due to it's watchfulness, and it sure has been a blessing in my life. Thank you for the newest advances you come up with! Those of us who don't have any complications from IDDM, even after all these years, would certainly like to keep it that way, and your system sure does help!

Joel

Posted on Tue Feb 04 17:09:18 GMT 2014

Hi Monica, it’s great to hear that you’re doing well on the new MiniMed 530G system. We do appreciate your feedback, and I am sorry to hear you’re frustrated with the alarm volume on your insulin pump. The insulin pump does also have a vibrate setting that might help you. I will have someone from my team reach out to you to discuss the vibrate setting and see if we can help with the continuous alarms going off.

Kristeen

Posted on Sun Feb 16 21:17:00 GMT 2014

I am very disappointed in this thing. The only reason I upgraded is because I finally have insurance thanks to Obamacare. Why is there no site change reminder? It reminds you to change the sensor why not your site. With my previous sensor, I told it to change in 4 days at the time I wanted. And why would anyone do a quick/audible bolus. Why should I calculate the insulin I need in my head? Before I could enter my carbs and bolus all without looking at my pump. And not being able to enter info from my phone or tablet to carelink? With the technology why are these little things so hard?

Joel

Posted on Mon Feb 17 17:53:00 GMT 2014

Hi Kristeen. I am sorry you’ve had a frustrating experience with the new system. A member of my team will be contacting you to discuss your concerns.

JOANNE

Posted on Wed Mar 05 17:58:20 GMT 2014

I have the 530G system and agree that the volume is horrible, but am very frustrated since I cannot upload to my computer. I have a Mac with OX 10.9.2 operating system and Minimed only works with OX 8. Does anyone know if any cheap tablets would work for me? I have such top of the line medical devices, but am finding it useless and hard to make any adjustments!

Joel

Posted on Wed Mar 05 21:52:00 GMT 2014

Hi Joanne. Thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear you’re frustrated with the alarm volume on your insulin pump. The insulin pump does also have a vibrate setting that might help you. If you're interested in discussing this in more detail, I can connect you with someone from my team.

Regarding CareLink compatibility with your software, similar to other software companies, we begin testing with Beta version of a new OS, but can only complete the development process once the final version of the software is released. CareLink is considered “medical device software,” so once testing is complete, it is required to go through the government regulatory processes, which can take several months and creates a time lag between the release of a new OS and our new version of CareLink. Please know that Medtronic does everything we can to get new updates to the market as soon as possible and will keep you up to date on when we have support available for the newest operating system.

AK_John

Posted on Tue Mar 18 17:37:49 GMT 2014

I just received my new 530G and went through the required training with it. I have a couple of suggestions for future development or upgrade. First, when using the Bolus Wizard, why prompt for my BG when the CGM should already know that. Having to enter this every time I eat, which is often, negates one of the potentially big benefits of CGM technology. Second, begin that I am getting a little older now (not old though), I am beginning to lose some tone hearing, particularly with upper frequencies. I have trouble hearing the alerts when there is any other noise. I also seem to sleep through the alerts. There needs to be some method for providing different frequencies to the alert tones. Better yet, allow for some personalized tune to be played. Anything that will help some of us to hear the alerts better. Thanks for this wonderful tool.

Joel

Posted on Tue Mar 18 22:55:19 GMT 2014

Thank you for your feedback, John. I’ll be sure to pass your suggestions along to our product development teams. The insulin pump does have a vibrate setting that might find helpful. I’ll have a member of my team reach out to discuss this feature and help answer any other questions you have. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

Jim

Posted on Sat Apr 05 12:53:55 GMT 2014

Having used a competitors product until yesterday (literally), I can say with certainty that both the 530G display (ability to read) and the 530G alarms (ability to hear) are extremely substandard. I'm not sure how such a wonderful advancement in delivery technology can fall so short in the basics.

Joel

Posted on Mon Apr 07 16:52:00 GMT 2014

Hi Jim, thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear you’re not satisfied with the alarm volume and screen display on your insulin pump. We appreciate your feedback and I’ll be sure to pass it along to our product development teams. If there is anything else I can do to help, please let me know.

Gabriella McLaughlin

Posted on Wed Jun 11 16:32:31 GMT 2014

The next generation needs to be waterproof and have a screen that is not from the 1980s please :)

Joel

Posted on Thu Jun 12 16:51:15 GMT 2014

Thanks for your comment, Gabrielle. We appreciate and value your feedback, and will continue to take your suggestions to implement more product changes in the future. Here is an article on how we incorporate our customer’s feedback into our future product development you may find interesting: http://www.loop-blog.com/blog/Cary-Talbot-Talks-Future-Product-Development-and-Customer-Feedback

Jesse

Posted on Fri Jul 18 21:46:07 GMT 2014

I started the mini med 530g with the enlite sensor this past November. As I can say the pump has been successful in helping to manage my diabetes, I cannot say the entire sensor was worth the money. It was explained to me as the new game changing sensor, that was a lie. I followed the instructions and spoke with technicians and even replaced the sensor, but it was so inaccurate, faulty, and uncomfortable to wear. I findit almost pointless if you still have to finger stick to dose insulin.

Joel

Posted on Tue Jul 22 21:17:00 GMT 2014

Hi Jesse. I’m happy you’re doing well on insulin pump therapy, but am sorry to hear you’re disappointed with your experience using the new sensor. The Enlite sensor includes several advances compared to our previous sensor, such as improved comfort and accuracy. CGM does not eliminate the need for BG meter readings. In fact, your CGM requires these readings in order to generate sensor glucose readings and calibrations are essential to ensuring the CGM maintains its accuracy over time. I will have a member of my team reach out to you soon to try and help. In the meantime, you may find this article on beginning the new Enlite sensor helpful: http://www.loop-blog.com/blog/My-Initial-Thoughts-on-the-MiniMed-530G-with-Enlite.

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