The Contrarian Pump

September 2, 2016

 

The simplicity of this pump may be very attractive for some patients. Now imagine a system that integrates an easy to use cgm or flash glucose monitoring system with the new CeQur patch pump for people with type 2 diabetes.

 

Here's how it works:

 

 

I wouldn't want to burden this pump with baggage by labeling it as part of an artificial pancreas. Just as a way to simplify the task of dosing. With the CeQur insulin pump, there is a continuous basal rate programmed by the patient's doctor. The patient clicks it to dose in 2u increments. If the patient needs to adjust the basal rate they would work with their doctor to get a different PAQ with a different rate. You cannot change the basal rate yourself.

 

It's a ready to go setup for injecting insulin with all the kit already in place on the body. Granted some people will opt to not have a device stuck to their body 24x7 but some will appreciate the tradeoff.

 

At present, sales reps for the company tell me there is no way to communicate with their pump although that could be a future add-on. Keep It Simple Silly.

 

When it comes to diabetes management, given that success or failure to attain normal blood sugar is highly dependent on the patient and less so on their doctor, you can see that there is definitely some room for this low-tech cousin of the bells and whistles pumps from other companies.

 

What do you think about the tools you rely on to manage D? Too complex? Just right? Bring me more? Please comment below.

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