The MiniMed™ 770G is the latest insulin pump released by Medtronic to be approved for use in adults and children over 2 years of age in both the US and Canada.
A press release from Medtronic states that the new system comes with the Guardian™ Sensor 34, the MiniMed™ Mobile app (compatible with both iPhone and Android), and Roche Accu-Chek® Guide Link meter, which is Bluetooth® compatible for improved usability.
What features are new to the MiniMed™ 770G?
The biggest change to the MiniMed™ 770G is its new share feature. This feature allows healthcare providers, users, and caregivers to follow the user’s glucose levels remotely with the use of a smartphone. According to Medtronic, in-app notices indicate when glucose levels are out of range. The data can also be uploaded prior to telehealth visits.
Another substantial change is the fact that the MiniMed™ 770G is now Bluetooth® enabled. This will allow you to upgrade your 770G software to the 780G once it is available for use.
Medtronic has announced automatic CareLink Uploads will be available with the new system. Exact details of how this will work have yet to be released.
Finally, the 770G will also sport a new Guardian™ Link (3) Transmitter but will continue to use the same glucose sensors as the 670G.
Other features of the 770G insulin pump
Like its predecessor the 670G, the 770G will still
- Hold 300 units of rapid acting insulin
- Use Medtronic infusion sets
- Be waterproof for up to 3.6m for 24 hours
- Come with a built-in bolus calculator that considers active insulin, carbs and BG to help determine precise bolus amounts
- Have a coloured home screen that shows active insulin, continuous glucose monitor reading (if using CGM) OR last blood glucose readings entered in past 12 minutes, bolus and basal options
- Give you the option to save up to save 8 basal patterns
- Allow you to preset boluses for meals that you regularly have.
- Allow you to set event markers and reminders so that you can note when you exercised, were sick or simply to remind yourself to check bg levels two hours after a meal.
- Provide the Auto Mode option which allows the pump to automatically adjusts basal insulin every 5 minutes based on glucose readings.
A caution for those wanting to use Automode.
If you use less than 8 units or more than 250 units of insulin per day, you cannot use the MiniMed 770G in Automode according to the FDA. This is important to note for younger children who may use less insulin or teens who are using large amounts of insulin during puberty.
Where can you get it?
If you are interested in learning more about the latest insulin pump from Medtronic, contact your local representative or see the Medtronic website.
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