Tandem Research

Tandem pumps (ANY)

Hello Everyone! Has anyone had any serious issues (not occlusions, simply things that can be fixed with ease, etc.) that caused harm to yourself or another patient that you know?

Additionally, I am trying to find anything on websites such as NIH, NCBI, etc. that mention deaths or associated serious adverse effects from a Tandem pump.

I only found 1 thing so far and the report mentioned nothing serious occurred from the malfunction.

My Bio:

I have UHC. Medtronic 670g came to my door yesterday. I googled and researched Medtronic pump death, Medtronic pump injuries, and BOY do I see A LOT (Honestly anything over 0 is too much for me)… (talked about a woman in Mississipi who died due to her Medtronic pump injecting a WEEK’S WORTH OF INSULIN and killed her).

Anyways, I am about to send it back and launch into battle with UHC to get me a Tandem. I just want to make sure the pump is worth all the hassle (currently on Tresiba. 1/2 in love, 1/2 in love with the pump).

Bonus: I have been using an Animas Vibe for over 5 years. In the total of 13 years pumping, I have sent back/needed repair of about 4 Animas pumps. I haven’t really looked to see if there have been SERIOUS reports of Animas pumps… have you?

Thanks community, I love you all!!!

Trevor @ketoeater, I have not had any harmful incidents, and I do not know of any serious incidents with Tandem pumps. Keep in mind that Tandem is young and compared with MiniMed / Medtronic has had many fewer users. I have heard reports that some people - VERY rare - died while using Medtronic pumps.

Keep in mind that reports we read about do not account for “User Error”. Each and every pump [four models] allow the user to set both maximum bolus and maximum basal deliveries. VERY simple settings and required action is necessary when first turning on the pump. I do know of people, studies in which I’ve been involved, who died, while practicing MDI, in attempts to stay “low” and eliminate spikes in glucose.

When setting up your 670G, think of the largest bolus you normally take over the course of a day and enter the pump maximum one or two units higher - to give you some flexibility, and think and rethink your bolus ratios. Work your basal maximum in the same way and consider when beginning pump use that the total insulin you expect the pump to deliver over the course of a day is no more than 70% of your current daily insulin usage - long-term plus fast-acting. And most importantly constantly check your BGL for your first several days - check BG at least 10 times every day.

Know that insulin, no matter how you might administer it, is deadly - and the rapid-acting insulin that is used in a pump will do the job quicker - that is why a doctor must issue a prescription AFTER instructing the patient of the inherent dangers. I do hope the pump works well for you, but keep in mind that it may be more work than MDI. Avoid “stacking” insulin.

You were probably more likely to get struck by lightning grabbing the package off the front porch. Seriously, like 400 people a year get struck by lightning in the USA alone.

There are a lot of safeguards built into the pump. Being the most established brand, I imagine they have the biggest list of previous screw ups and the most knowledge invested in preventing screw ups in their current model.

I love my 670g, what about the Tslim is more appealing?

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