Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump Review
(The author of this article is a 6 year insulin pump veteran. Currently he uses the Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump.)
I'm a big fan of insulin pump therapy. It may not be the total solution needed but it gives advantages standard therapy does not. I started out on the Minimed 508 pump. Now I'm using the Deltec Cozmo insulin pump technology system.
The purpose of my review is to help you decide if the Deltec Cozmo pump is the system you want to use. I'm going to tell you what I like about the pump and what I don't like.
First I did my research online to find several pump companies I felt comfortable with. My choices were Medtronic Minimed, Animas and Smiths Medical's Deltec Cozmo System. I set up appointments with all three. This gave me an opportunity to see, feel and play with their pump without being committed. This is where I felt the benefits of the Deltec system would suit me the best of all three.
What I like:
The Deltec Cozmo pump is the first to integrate a blood glucose monitor with the actual pump. They communicate with each other and make figuring corrections with insulin faster and easier.
Now while the other two pumps did that the Deltec pump and glucose monitor are physically attached to each other. The glucose monitor is very small and looks like a small strip on the back of the pump. It is an ultra compact freestyle glucose monitor. All of the blood glucose results display on the Cozmo view screen.
The Deltec Cozmo also has one of the largest insulin reservoirs. It is able to carry up to 300 units per reservoir. At the time Animas' pump did not have a volume that large and you would need to get the larger Medtronic 715 pump to carry an insulin volume like that.
I also liked the fact that the Cozmo did not use a proprietary infusion set. Medtronic does use proprietary infusion sets.
When dispensing insulin it is virtually noiseless. The Animas pump made a humming noise that was similar to a vacuum cleaner. The 508 I had previously made this loud clicking noise. To me it brought too much attention to it.
A single AAA battery is all that is needed to power the pump. If you've ever been in a pinch for a battery you definitely would appreciate the fact that it uses a widely available and inexpensive battery.
It has also proved to be more reliable than my former 508. I have never needed to contact their support department for any mechanical errors.
Now for the areas that I have not liked about this insulin pump.
What I do not like:
It is the biggest and heaviest of the pumps I checked out. Its shape has a definite bulk feel to it. The other pumps out there have a more compact shape and weight.
There are few accessories offered by Deltec especially when it comes to clips and holders.
The Insulin pump is waterproof but the glucose monitor is not. So that means if you ever go into the water you have to remove the monitor. This can take a few minutes to disassemble parts off of the pump to take the freestyle monitor off.
Basically it is cosmetic appearance where I find fault with the Deltec pump. Everything else was perfect for me.
I hope my review gives you a little insight on the Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump.
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