I’ve now worn an insulin pump for eleven years (all of them have been MiniMed models) and have worked here at Medtronic for over four years. With each pump upgrade, I have become more and more familiar with what needs to be done. Traditionally, I’ve just input all my settings, learned about new menu structures, and referenced the user guide or website for reminders when I needed them. Over time, I’ve grown to be more confident in my skills as “an experienced pumper.” (Wish I could say I feel like an “experienced person with diabetes” but that’s a blog for another day.)
I have to admit that when we announced the FDA approval of the MiniMed 530G with Enlite, this is the one model that I thought I’d be most confident transitioning to. Almost too confident. As part of my job responsibilities, I got to be involved with the secret details of an impending product launch for a long time as Medtronic waited for the official FDA approval. I was privy to user guides and educational materials early in the process. I provided feedback in user evaluation studies and talked to engineers about different types of sensor tape. I knew about Threshold Suspend because I helped write the social media posts that introduced the feature. I knew about the “extra button push” you perform when inserting the Enlite sensor because I worked on editing all of our YouTube videos for the product.
On the day of the product launch, I was right there behind the scenes experiencing it along with the diabetes community, but a lot more confident in the next steps since I had already become familiar with the new system (though I hadn’t actually worn it yet). So when I received my MiniMed 530G system, I knew it was important to still take all of the necessary steps to learn everything I could to learn about this new system. But I secretly thought that I probably wouldn’t have to pay as much attention to this process because of my unique background. But as advised, I did the online training through myLearning and read the pre-training materials and was delightfully surprised by the online modules that actually taught me some things I didn’t already know. I was then able to schedule my training with my pump trainer, and we scheduled a two hour block. I thought to myself, what are we going to do with two hours? I’m upgrading from the Revel system, so it will just take some time to learn about the new Enlite sensor, right?
Boy, was I wrong. We took the full two hours to do the training. I got to learn about some advanced pump features that I’d never used (ie Missed Bolus), we discussed Threshold Suspend and what it would mean during every day management of my diabetes when low sensor glucose does occur, and we spent a lot of time on the Enlite sensor. Inserting the Enlite had even bigger differences from a Sof-sensor insertion than I initially anticipated (in a good way)! It’s so much more intuitive but because I’ve used the Sof-sensor for so long, I needed to talk through the steps in my head a few more times to consciously re-train myself. In my mind it feels so much more like inserting an infusion step (from the steps involved, to the serter, to the way that it feels). In hindsight, I think this was the most important part of the training because I learned some of the really small but important steps that can make the world of a difference while wearing the sensor.
To say that I’m pleased with the new MiniMed 530G system is an understatement, which makes me extremely proud to be able to feel like I can personally back up a product that this company provides to people with diabetes like me. Things haven’t been perfect, but a learning curve isn’t ever a perfect shape. It’s definitely doable, but I’d like to encourage “experienced pumpers” to really take training seriously and to go in to it with an open mind and appetite for knowledge. I wish I had done the same initially because it would have allowed me to learn more quickly without putting up mental barriers.
Since my training, I’ve relied on some of those same YouTube videos that I helped edit. I’ve thumbed through the user guide to learn more about Threshold Suspend. And I’ve had talked with my StartRight team member and the 24-Hour HelpLine. You might not have the same exact experience as me. But I wanted to let you know how much value in being trained and spending time on this device since I realized, maybe I don’t know it all, and that’s a good thing, because this is an extremely exciting product to learn about!
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is intended for the delivery of insulin and continuous glucose monitoring for the management of diabetes mellitus by persons 16 years of age or older who require insulin.
Pump therapy is not recommended for people who are unwilling or unable to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day. Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.
The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to making adjustments to diabetes therapy. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is not intended to be used directly for preventing or treating hypoglycemia but to suspend insulin delivery when the user is unable to respond to the Threshold Suspend alarm and take measures to prevent or treat hypoglycemia themselves.
Please visit MedtronicDiabetes.com/isi for more details.
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