Get the Most From your Omnipod® 5 System: Quick Tips
Start with the basics
Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) systems automatically adjust insulin delivery to help manage glucose levels, reduce hypoglycemia, and increase time in range1. For optimal glucose control, your interaction is still important and required.
- Bolus for meals, snacks, and high glucose levels.
- Treat low glucose levels as recommended by your doctor.
- Monitor your Pod sites for any potential issues with absorption or insulin delivery.
Great things take time
Any change comes with a learning curve, including switching insulin therapies. Omnipod® 5 will adapt to your personal insulin needs over time, and the process has just begun!
Here’s what you can expect as you get started in Automated Mode:
- You can begin using Automated Mode with your first Pod. With the first Pod, the System uses your initial programmed settings and built-in safety limits to begin automating insulin delivery. Over time, the Omnipod 5 System will learn your daily insulin needs and adapt to better match your insulin needs at every Pod change.
- Optimizing insulin delivery could take a few days up to a few weeks, depending on your previous therapy, initial settings, and ongoing adaptivity.
Automated Mode, explained
In Automated Mode, SmartAdjust™ technology predicts where your glucose levels will be 60 minutes into the future and uses this information to automatically adjust insulin delivery every five minutes.
You may see the System pause or increase insulin delivery when you are not expecting it.
- Even if you are currently above your Target Glucose, the System may pause insulin, if it predicts you will be below your Target Glucose within 60 minutes.
- Or if you are currently below your Target Glucose, the System may be delivering insulin if it predicts you will be above your Target Glucose within 60 minutes.
In the CGM Graph view of the Omnipod 5 App, you will see a red bar below the graph when insulin has been fully paused. You will see an orange bar when the System has reached its maximum insulin delivery.
For even more detail on how the System is adjusting, you can go to the Auto Events tab in the History Detail to see how much insulin is being delivered every 5 minutes.
Handling highs and lows
Though the System is automating insulin delivery, there may still be times when you experience high or low glucose levels.
- You can give correction boluses by tapping USE CGM in the SmartBolus Calculator. Giving correction boluses when needed will help the System understand your total daily insulin needs and adapt with each new Pod to adjust insulin dosing accordingly. Try not to override the suggestions given by the System.
- Talk to your doctor about treating lows. Some people find they need to use less carbohydrates to treat lows when using an AID system, because the system has been decreasing insulin as glucose levels drop.
- You may also need to discuss settings adjustments with your doctor. For example, decreasing your Target Glucose setting can help the System deliver more automated insulin.
Target Glucose is the only setting that you can change to impact automated insulin delivery. Making changes to your basal settings will only impact basal insulin delivery in Manual Mode.
Simplify your mealtimes
Taking insulin when you eat is an important part of any insulin therapy, including AID systems. Keep these tips top of mind for mealtime and snack success.
- Talk to your doctor about when to bolus for your meals. Delivering insulin 15-20 minutes before eating may help if you are experiencing high glucose levels after meals or snacks.
- Use the SmartBolus Calculator. Entering grams of carbs and tapping USE CGM will calculate a dose based on current CGM value, CGM trend, and Insulin on Board (IOB).
- Work with your doctor to adjust your bolus settings if needed. For example, if you are experiencing high glucose levels after breakfast, you may find you need to lower your Insulin to Carb ratio to give more insulin for the food you are eating. Other bolus settings include Target Glucose, Correction Factor, Duration of Insulin Action, and Reverse Correction.
Omnipod 5 makes it simple for you to stay in Automated Mode. You may occasionally find yourself in Automated Mode: Limited if your Pod has not received sensor glucose values for more than 20 minutes.
If you find yourself here often, consider the following:
- Check to make sure glucose readings are available on your Dexcom G6 app (you may see Automated Mode: Limited during your sensor warmup).
- Be sure your Pod and transmitter are in direct line of sight. This means that the Pod and transmitter are worn on the same side of the body in a way that the two devices can “see” one another without your body blocking their communication.
Get going with the Activity feature
When using the Activity feature, SmartAdjust technology reduces your insulin delivery and sets your Target Glucose to 150 mg/dL for the amount of time you choose (up to 24 hours). Many people use the Activity feature before, during or after exercise, but it can be used in any situation where you may want to deliver less insulin. Sleepovers, sick days, and even trips to the grocery store can all be great times to use the Activity feature!
Tip: It may be helpful to turn the Activity feature on before your activity begins (for example, 30-60 minutes). Discuss appropriate timing with your doctor.
Check in with your doctor
It’s important to follow up with your doctor when starting any new therapy. Check in to review your glucose and insulin delivery data soon after training to discuss any questions and make any necessary settings adjustments.
The Omnipod team is here for you, too. Contact your Omnipod trainer or our Customer Care team at 1-800-591-3455 with any product related questions.
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