Poised for Pumping: The ACCU-CHEK® Spirit

Apr 14, 2007

There’s a new pump in town, and it’s part of a whole pumping system. The ACCU-CHEK® Spirit insulin pump system includes not only the pump, but also one of the three ACCU-CHEK® blood glucose monitors, software with a bolus calculator on a Palm PDA or smartphone, and a carrying case.

It’s a simple “system that’s made for you.” First, you test your blood to obtain a glucose reading that’s sent to the PDA by infrared signal. Then you use the PDA, which contains the bolus calculator, to punch in your amount of food. The PDA tells you how much insulin to bolus, so then you go to the pump and punch in that much insulin.

Three Menus, From Simple to Custom

The pump has three menus, so novice pumpers can choose the easy Standard menu, while those who want advanced features can choose the Advanced or Custom menu. The Standard menu was constructed based upon exhaustive surveys that determined the pump’s most favored basic features.

Discreet Bolusing and A Backlight

The thin little pump has side-mounted buttons that are easy to feel, and the bolus calculator is on the separate PDA device. If you want to discreetly calculate a bolus and program your pump for insulin delivery, you don’t have to remove the pump from your bra or leg pocket. The pump vibrates to confirm your settings. It also has a reversible display, so there’s no upside down to the pump, and it’s backlit, so you can read it in a movie theater.

Online Training

ACCU-CHEK® provides a comprehensive online training system for the ACCU-CHEK® Spirit that offers continuous testing, as well as a diabetes educator assigned to each pumper. There are also ongoing refreshers you can take, in case you need to brush up on carb counting, for instance.

Tiny Body, Full-Size Cartridge

The ACCU-CHEK® Spirit is the smallest pump that has a full-size 315 unit insulin cartridge, and it takes only one AA battery, which lasts about a month. It comes with a standard luer lock connection, so you can choose your favorite infusion set from the broadest range on the market. It’s a well-designed little pump, well worth taking a look at if you’re thinking about becoming a pumper. And at least thinking about becoming a pumper is something every insulin-dependent diabetic should do. It’s the closest thing to a healthy pancreas that we have so far.

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Food, Insulin, Insulin Pumps, Type 1 Issues

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