mylife OmniPod Insulin Management System
Like conventional insulin pumps, the mylife OmniPod features precise, personalised continuous insulin delivery with basal rate and bolus delivery options, safety checks and alarm features.
- Consists of just 2 parts that communicate wirelessly
- No tubing
- Automated and virtually pain-free insertion of the soft cannula
- Fully integrated FreeStyle blood glucose meter
This makes the mylife OmniPod simple to learn and easy to live with.
Because the Pod has no tubing, there is no need to disconnect, so you are always receiving insulin – delivery is truly continuous. By contrast, people who wear traditional pumps routinely disconnect to bathe, swim, play contact sports or during intimate moments. A recent clinical study confirmed that even a 30-minute interruption of basal insulin delivery results in significant glucose elevation.*
* cf. Zisser HC. Quantifying the impact of a short interval inter ruption of insulin-pump infusion sets on glycemic excursions. Diabetes Care. 2008; 31:238-239.
The System consists of two parts, the Pod and the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM)
- The Pod is the insulin reservoir, the pump and the infusion set all in one. It works without tubing, is discreet and waterproof.
Click here to see more of the Pod features
- The PDM is the handheld device that steers and controls the Pod and also collects its data. Next to that the FreeStyle blood glucose meter is built right in.
Click here to see more of the PDM features
Designed for discretion, the Pod is 3.9 cm x 5.2 cm x 1.45 cm. The Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) is 6.2 cm x 11.3 cm x 2.5 cm, about the same size as a Smartphone.
The Pod and PDM communicate using wireless technology (Frequency: 433 Mhz), enabling you to manage your diabetes with discretion and ease.
No, the Pod and PDM do not always have to be near each other because they are not in constant communication. The Pod will continue to deliver your current background (or basal) insulin, even if the PDM is not nearby. You only need to have them near each other when you need to program insulin delivery, check your blood glucose or respond to Pod alarms or alerts.
When activating a new Pod, it must be placed on the right side of and touching the PDM.
For regular use (programming insulin delivery, checking blood glucose or responding to Pod alarms or alerts), the communication distance is 1.5 meters.
Otherwise, the Pod and the PDM do not need to be near each other at all. The Pod will continue to deliver your current background (or basal) insulin even if your PDM is not nearby.
During priming, each Pod establishes a unique, one-to-one relationship with your PDM, so there is no chance of someone else’s PDM interfering with your mylife OmniPod System.
The PDM also has an ID screen where you add your name and a background color of your choice so that you can easily identify your PDM. Because the ID screen must be acknowledged each time the PDM is powered on, you can be sure you have the right PDM before using it.
The mylife OmniPod is cleared for people of all ages who have diabetes and use insulin – including children and teens.
Yes, the waterproof Pod can be worn in the pool, the shower, in the bathtub and at the beach. Do NOT expose your Pod to water at depths greater than 7.6 meters or for longer than 60 minutes. Check the infusion site often to make sure the Pod and soft cannula are securely applied and in place.
The PDM is not waterproof.
Yes. You can play sports and participate in physical activities while wearing a Pod. Many pump users use a temporary decreased basal rate (which will reduce the basal delivery by a percentage over a period of time) when exercising. Ask your diabetes team for advice with regard to change your basal rates.
When changing Pods, we recommend choosing the most appropriate placement site for the planned activities (when possible). For more suggestions, please contact our Customer Care department.
Yes. If traveling by air, we recommend that you contact your airline for information on current security requirements and be sure to pack your supplies in your carry-on luggage.
When packing for travel, take more supplies than you think you’ll need. Be sure to include:
- Diabetes emergency kit packed in your carry-on luggage
- Enough Pods for your trip, plus a backup supply
- Extra new PDM batteries and do not use rechargeable batteries
- Additional blood glucose meter
- Insulin syringes or pens in case you need injections
- Several vials of insulin or insulin cartridges if you use a pen
It is always good to have a signed letter from your healthcare provider explaining you need to carry diabetes supplies and mylife OmniPod equipment.
Click here for the holiday checklist
Click here for the identification card for insulin pump users
While the OmniPod and continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) are compatible with each other, they are not yet designed to work as an integrated system.
The mylife OmniPod System downloads insulin delivery, blood glucose values and carbohydrate records via a standard mini-USB cable.