You may need to change the Pod:
- When the reservoir is low or empty, or the Pod is nearing expiration
- In response to an alarm
- If the Pod/cannula has become dislodged
- If the child has a blood glucose reading of 250 mg/dL or more and ketones are present
- If the child experiences unexpected elevated blood glucose levels
- As directed by the child’s healthcare provider
How to change the Pod:
- Turn on the PDM. Press the Home/ Power button, then select More actions.
- Select Change Pod.
- Press Confirm to deactivate the Pod. Gently remove the deactivated Pod by slowly peeling back the adhesive. (Our users have reported commercial solvent or baby oil can be helpful to soften the adhesive if necessary.)
- Press Yes to activate a new Pod. Follow the steps to Activate a New Pod on this page to fill a new Pod with insulin. As you proceed, if the PDM screen times out, press and hold the Home/Power button to turn it back on.
Caution: Consult User Guide.
Pod placement options
The Pod may be placed over any subcutaneous tissue in most places one would deliver an insulin injection. Please note the recommended positioning for each body area. The child’s Diabetes Management Plan or healthcare provider should indicate any preferred sites.
Arm and Leg: position the Pod vertically or at a slight angle.
Back, Abdomen, and Buttocks: position the Pod horizontally or at a slight angle.
Change the site location each time you apply a new Pod; improper site rotation can reduce insulin absorption. The new site should be at least 1 inch away from the previous site, 2 inches away from the navel, and not over a mole or scar.
Always clean the site thoroughly with an alcohol swab to remove all body oils and lotions, which may loosen the Pod’s adhesive Let the site air-dry completely; do not blow on the site to dry it.
See the Pod Placement Guide for more information.
Activate a New Pod:
Wash your hands and assemble the following supplies:
- Vial of insulin at room temperature (U-100, rapid-acting). See User Guide for insulins that are safe for use with the Omnipod® System.
- One sealed Pod
- Alcohol prep swab
If the PDM screen times out during the process, press and hold the Home/power button to continue.
Step 1. Fill the Pod
- Remove the Pod from its sterile packaging.
- Use the alcohol prep swab to clean the top of the insulin vial.
- Assemble the fill syringe by twisting the needle onto the syringe.
- Remove the protective cap.
- Draw air into the fill syringe equal to the amount of insulin indicated in the child’s Diabetes Management Plan.
- Depress air into the vial of insulin.
- Turn the vial and syringe upside down.
- Withdraw insulin from the vial and fill the syringe with the amount of insulin indicated in the child’s Diabetes Management Plan; fill at least to the MIN line.
- Remove any air bubbles from the syringe.
- Insert the needle straight down into the fill port on the underside of the Pod. To ensure proper fill, do not insert fill syringe at an angle into the fill port.
- Completely empty the syringe into the Pod.
- The Pod will beep twice, indicating that the System is ready to proceed.
- Return to the PDM. If the PDM screen times out, press and hold the Home/power button to turn it back on.
- Press Next.
- The PDM establishes a one-to-one relationship with the Pod, which will not allow it to communicate with any other Pod while this Pod is active. Once the Pod successfully completes its priming and safety checks, the PDM will beep.
Step 2. Apply the Pod
- Select the infusion site, being careful to avoid areas where the Pod will be affected by folds of skin. Refer to the section above for recommended sites and placement tips.
- For optimal adhesion, always clean the site thoroughly with an alcohol swab to remove all body oils and lotions, which may loosen the Pod’s adhesive. Let the site air-dry completely; do not blow on the site to dry it.
- Remove the needle cap.
- Remove and discard the white paper backing from the adhesive.
- Apply the Pod to the selected site.
- Run your finger around the adhesive to secure it.
- Press Next on the PDM.
- To facilitate insertion, place one hand over the Pod and make a wide pinch around the skin surrounding the viewing window; this step is critical if the insertion site does not have much fatty tissue.
Step 3. Press Start
- Press Start. The Pod automatically inserts the cannula and delivers a prime bolus to fill the cannula with insulin. It takes a few seconds to complete this process. Release the skin after the cannula inserts.
- Once complete, the PDM indicates that the Pod is active and asks you to check the infusion site.
- Look through the Pod’s viewing window to check that the cannula is properly inserted, then press Yes.
Caution and Warnings
CAUTION: Do not use any other type of needle or filing device besides the syringe provided with each Pod.
NEVER inject air into the fill port. Doing so may result in unintended or interrupted insulin delivery.
NEVER use a Pod if you hear a crackling noise or feel resistance when you depress the plunger. These conditions can result in under-delivery of insulin.
NEVER inject insulin (or anything else) into the fill port while the Pod is on the child’s body. Doing so may result in unintended or interrupted insulin delivery.
The PDM will generate an automatic reminder to check the child’s blood glucose 1.5 hours after each Pod change. If the cannula is not properly inserted, hyperglycemia may result. Verify there is no wetness or scent of insulin, which may indicate the cannula has dislodged.