Tandem t:slim Touchscreen Insulin Pump Now On Sale

Tandem t:slim Touchscreen Insulin Pump Now On Sale

PHILADELPHIA, June 8, 2012 —Tandem Diabetes Care™, Inc. (“Tandem”) announced today at the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association that it will begin accepting orders for the t:slim™ Insulin Delivery System, the first insulin pump approved by the FDA with a touch screen, on Monday, June 11, 2012. The product will begin shipping in August 2012.

“Since the t:slim Insulin Delivery System received FDA clearance, we have been conducting user evaluations to further demonstrate its performance and reliability, as well as the readiness of our team,” said Kim Blickenstaff, CEO, Tandem Diabetes Care. “t:slim is proving to be to be easy to teach, easy to learn, and easy to use, and our 24/7 Customer Technical Support Team is also finding it easy to support.”

People interested in the t:slim Insulin Delivery System can begin the order process starting at 6:00am PDT on June 11, 2012. More information is available online at www.TandemDiabetes.com, or by calling 1-877-801-6901. Tandem’s Customer Sales Support Team is available Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 6:00pm PDT to accept orders.

The t:slim Insulin Pump has the footprint of a credit card and the look of a smart phone. Currently the smallest FDA-cleared insulin delivery system, t:slim is up to 25% slimmer than other 300 unit pumps. Unlike other insulin pumps that have complex menus and require excessive button pressing, t:slim’s vivid, color touch screen is the window to an easy-to-use interface that places everything at the touch of a finger.

About Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.

Dedicated to advancing the management of diabetes, Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (www.tandemdiabetes.com) is a privately held company with novel diabetes technologies. The Company offers a comprehensive, user-centric and integrated approach to product development and customer care. Tandem Diabetes Care is based in San Diego, California.

You can probably guess how I feel about the new Tandem t:slim insulin pump – I want one…now. I first heard of the Tandem at a Children with Diabetes Friends For Life conference, and have hung on to my past-warranty Deltec Cozmo pump until the t:slim hit the streets.

Recently I attended two events where I was able to push the buttons on the t:slim and learn about the technology inside it. I have not had a loaner, so my opinions in this blog post are based on spending 15 minutes looking at the various screens and listening to a presentation from a Tandem representative. This week @TandemDiabetes tweeted that they’ll have a booth at the 2012 ADA scientific sessions that are happening this week (June 6–8) in Philadelphia.

At 3.1 by 2.0 inches the t:slim pump is about the same front size as the Deltec Cozmo and Minimed pumps, but a good deal thinner (0.6 inches). It’s

Tandem t:slim lock screen

metallic with lovely curved edges and really looks like it was designed by Apple. The touch screen is large, bright and colorful. It tried using it under some bright sunlight and it was very easy to read. The capacitive touch screen technology is the same as iPhones, so it works with your fingertip or a stylus pen.

You don’t have to worry about putting it in your pocket and setting it off by accident. The picture on the right shows the lock screen. You have to push buttons 1, 2, and 3 in order before you can start to do anything with the pump. The screen also shows a lot more information: insulin on board; insulin time remaining; reservoir levels and date and time. As you can see the buttons are large and easy to press, this is true on all of the screens. I believe that the insulin on board calculations include insulin from all previous boluses.

After unlocking the t:slim, the center part of the screen changes to give you two choices: Bolus or

Options. (Photo courtesy of Tandem). The choices for Extended Bolus or Split Bolus are built into the sequence for bolusing. So there are less menus throughout the system, with more button presses.

The bolus screen also has two choices, enter the amount of carbs or a blood glucose reading. The large buttons lead you to a screen where you can enter numeric values. After each you return to this screen, where the calculated bolus is displayed. There’s no food database, in the pump. I’d guess that’s due to memory constraints and the challenges of developing an easy to use interface that would let you choose foods and quantities.

What if you didn’t mean to hit the Bolus button? No problem: the Tandem T icon to the right of the screen is also touch sensitive. You can press it at any time and the main Bolus/Options screen will appear. There’s no need for a cancel button.

Tandem has replaced the classic, round, insulin reservoir with a new one that’s rectangular. The t:slim doesn’t have a large motor to push the reservoir plunger, it uses a completely different technology to draw insulin out of the reservoir in micro doses and then push it into the tubing. The picture shows the reservoir set, it has a standard Luer lock that supports most infusion sets.

This slide is from the presentation I attended. It gives some details on the micro-delivery approach that the t:slim uses.

The t:slim specifications are impressive: bolus between 0.05u and 25 u; quick bolus in units or carbs; extended bolus of 15 minutes to 8 hours; insulin duration 2-8 hours in 1-minute increments; tiny basal rate increments; max basal rate of 15u/hour; up to 6 personal profiles; carb ration of 1 to 300 grams per unit; correction factor of 600 mg/dL to 1 mg/dL per unit. Different sounds and alarms. The alarms sounds escalate, so they’re a lot harder to miss.

The site reminder can only be set to a maximum of three days, that’s probably an FDA-imposed limit. The t:slim also supports alarms and reminders. The 25u bolus limitation was imposed by the FDA. You can enter a higher number of units; after the t:slim has delivered 25u it’ll prompt you and ask you to confirm that you want to deliver the remainder.

No more batteries! The t:slim has a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that’s recharged via a standard micro-USB port. They claim it last about 7 days when fully charged. This type of battery does well when charged for a set amount of time each day, and the pump can be worn while the battery is charging.

One last screen. Whatever time-related setting you want to change – insulin/carb ratios; basal rates; insulin correction factor – there’s only a single screen. This also makes it much easier to show the current settings to your healthcare team.

I didn’t see the related software. I don’t know whether it will be available on Mac computers.

As a software designer and a person with diabetes, I’m really impressed by the quality of the screens and how easy it is to use. I think this will really push other pump makers to make their pumps much easier to use.

My only real complaint (and it’s small). I think the t:slim only comes in Model T black. Perhaps the colorful screens make up for that.

If I do manage to get a loaner unit, I’ll put up another post with some video. Happy summer all.

Tandem Diabetes Care out of San Diego, CA will soon be marketing in the U.S. its t:slim insulin pump thanks to a newly issued FDA approval. zmgv0oc31 Tandem t:slim Insulin Pump Gets FDA ClearanceThe t:slim looks more like an iPhone 4 than a critical medical device, including a color touchscreen and USB connectivity for syncing with a computer and for recharging the internal battery.

This may not be a coincidence because the rep for Tandem, in an email to Medgadget, specifically mentioned Amy Tenderich’s open letter to Steve Jobs calling for Apple to design an insulin pump from four years ago. We think Amy should take at least a bit of credit for encouraging such a stunning design.

The slide-out insulin cartridge is easy to change and the device can connect to PC’s and Macs to upload pump data to a web-based application for further review.

Source : http://www.tandemdiabetes.com/News/Tandem-Diabetes-Care%E2%84%A2-Launches-t-slim%E2%84%A2-Insulin-Delivery-System/

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