Medtronic Paradigm Insulin Pump Accessories
For over 25 years, Medtronic has been producing the nation's leading insulin pump therapy system, known as the Paradigm MiniMed Insulin Pump. The pump operates as a REAL-Time System that uses glucose sensors to detect patients' changing blood sugar levels and deliver the appropriate amount of insulin immediately.
Insulin pumps should be worn round-the-clock so that fast-acting insulin can be constantly delivered to patients.
Although insulin pump systems can be complex, using them is relatively easy. Accessories necessary to properly using insulin pumps including:
- Quick-set Infusion sets, which implant a small tube (cannula) subcutaneously
- the MiniMed Paradigm 522 or 722 Insulin Pump, which contains the glucose sensors and is responsible for delivering insulin
- the OneTough UltraLink Meter, which measures blood sugar and wirelessly sends the results to the pump
- the REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring Kit, which includes glucose sensors, testers, transmitters and chargers to accurately and immediately measure blood sugar levels
Using Medtronic MiniMed Pumps & Accessories
Proper use of the MiniMed and associated insulin pump supplies is crucial to preventing potentially fatal complications. To correctly use an insulin pump therapy system:
- Implant a cannula under the skin with a Paradigm Quick-set infusion set (specific directions for this device are on the device's packaging).
- Measure ideal basal rate and bolus doses with the REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring Kit
- Calibrate the insulin pump to your ideal basal rate and bolus doses.
- Insert the pump into the cannula to begin receiving insulin.
- Secure the pump (which is about as big as a pager) in a pocket or clip it to your belt line.
- Wear the pump 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
After securing the pump, it's also vital that patients regularly check:
- The cannula to ensure that it is in place and isn't bending (either will dangerously limit the levels of insulin received)
- Pump's reservoir to ensure that it is full - Reservoirs should never be empty
MiniMed Insulin Pump Cases
MiniMed insulin pump cases are accessories that help diabetics secure the pump to their belt, waistline or some other location. Using these insulin pump cases can be essential to keeping the pump in place for those who are particularly active (due to their job, hobbies, etc.).
It's important to keep insulin pump systems secure and immobile because any movement of the system can impede proper flow of insulin and, in turn, result in hyperglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis.
MiniMed Pump Defects & Lawsuits
In July 2009, Medtronic recalled about 3 million Paradigm MiniMed insulin pump systems due to the fact that:
- Over 200 patients had been hospitalized after being serious injured by defective insulin pump systems
- Patients were reporting that the cannula was bending or becoming disconnected, causing them to receive insufficient amounts of insulin
The most commonly reported injuries included hyperglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis, both of which are serious and can be fatal without immediate medical treatment.
Diabetics who have sustained such severe injuries after using insulin pumps will be entitled to compensation by pursuing a MiniMed Insulin Pump lawsuit. Prospective plaintiffs can learn more about their legal rights by meeting with an experienced defective drug attorney for a free initial consultation.
For more information about your legal rights, please contact our MiniMed Insulin Pump Lawyer.
Our injury and death lawyers are investigating all MiniMed cases. Our evaluations are not limited to persons injured by the recalled "Lot 8" infusion sets. To discuss the details of your unique circumstances, please contact our law offices today.
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