After reading this post on Amys Diabetes Mine blog about the new Paradigm Revel insulin pump, I headed over to the MiniMed website to learn a little more for myself and to see if an upgrade was in store for me.
Is it bad that I want to rename the new MiniMed pump model? 🙂
As someone who does not have, and really has no interest in the MiniMed CGMS system (I found it less accurate and more painful than DexCom during my trials of both but know thats not the case for everyone), I was frustrated to find that most of the upgrades are CGMS related.
The new features include predictive alerts, rate of change alerts, high and low alerts, and new graphs. Blah, blah, blah Not too helpful or valuable without a CGMS.
They also made the basal rate more precise, and you can have it deliver as little as 0.025 units per hour, but I dont really need that either. The last new feature mentioned on the MiniMed site is a missed bolus alert that you can use if you tend to forget to bolus at meals. That is one feature I could probably make some use of, because I probably forget about once every week or two. But couldnt I buy a good watch or set an alarm on my phone to do the same thing?
At $399 for a recertified pump without a longer warranty than the two years I have left on my current pump, I dont think the Revel is for me.
Anyone else considering an upgrade?