Meter and insulin pump communication
Newer technology allows some blood sugar meters to now communicate with specific insulin pumps. The three glucose meters that have this capability are designed to work exclusively with a particular partner insulin pump. For example, the One Touch Ultra Link meter and the Nova Max Link meters are programmed for use with the Medtronic Paradigm insulin pump. The One Touch Ping blood sugar meter is designed to work with the Animus One Touch Ping insulin pump.
Both the One Touch Ping and the One Touch Ultra blood sugar meters are made by Lifescan. Nova Biomedical makes the Nova Max Link.
All three of these meters are used in a similar way as conventional blood sugar meters except that the glucose test result is wirelessly sent to the insulin pump. This information can then easily be used on the pump to calculate a precise bolus dose of insulin. Depending on the meter and pump used, there are many other features that can be accessed.
The chart below lists the glucose meters that have the ability to communicate with insulin pumps along with some other important features that may be of interest to you.
Also check out glucose meters that:
- Audibly “speak” your results
- Measure blood pressure
- Measure blood ketones
- Require the smallest blood sample
- Have the greatest data storage capacity
Two of the three meters mentioned in the table below
Meters that wirelessly communicate with an insulin pump
|Meter||Results stored||Blood sample||Computer download||Backlit display||Coding needed||Company||Special features|
|One Touch UltraLink||500||1.0 microliter||Yes||No||Yes||Lifescan|
|Nova Max Link||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Nova Biomedical|
|One Touch Ping||500||1.0 microliter||Yes||Yes||Yes||Lifescan||Only sold and used with Animus One Touch Ping insulin pump|