Company: ViCentra BV
Pump name: Kaleido
Sensor augmented: No
Colour display: Yes
Kaleido is insulin pump therapy for "those
who don't believe in boring", according to
ViCentra, the company bringing this bright
little meter to the market. However, as
well as being sleek and pretty, the point is
also to improve diabetes control with less
hassle, the colour is just an added extra
encapsulating cutting edge technology.
As they say, "We think it's only right that
if you wear something 24/7 it should look
good too." Comprising an on-the-body
patch pump and a handset designed to
be simple to use and quick to navigate.
The handset's colourful interface is just
like a smartphone. To give a bolus will just
take a couple of clicks, likewise a basal
rate adjustment. The pump and handset
are fully rechargeable, so better for the
environment as well as being convenient:
no more disposable batteries.
The wireless handset is easy to use,
avoiding any unwanted attention, as does
the lack of tubing. The pump uses a micro
delivery system giving accurate insulin
delivery and the system is set up to detect
insulin blockages should they occur using
a state-of-the-art optical sensor.
The system comes in 10 shiny colours.
You get two pumps and one handheld -
one pump is charging while the other is
being worn, so you get to choose two
colours, as choosing just one might prove
difficult. The Kaleido insulin pump is due
to be available shortly in the UK.
Basal rate: The same as background
insulin. Basals can be programmed for
certain hours of the day., e.g. a lower
basal set for overnight.
Bolus: The same as a dose that you
would give yourself for any meal, or to
lower a high blood sugar.
CGM: Continous Glucose Monitoring
- a sensor worn on the body reads the
glucose level of interstitial body fluid and
sends the result to a reader (or directly
into an insulin pump if the pump is sensor
augmented). If alarms are set in the pump,
the user gets a warning when glucose
levels are going high or low, allowing
time to intervene and take action, often
preventing hypos (and hypers).
Closed loop: A pump and CGM
system that can regulate blood glucose
automatically using the blood glucose
reader to adjust insulin dosing.
Disposable pump/CGM: Designed for
one use then discarded, as opposed to
pumps that use batteries being charged.
Infusion set: The infusion set is the
unit that attaches to the body and
which delivers the insulin by infusing it
subcutaneously via a small cannula. This
can either be located under, or near, an
on-the-body patch pump, or via tubing
Insulin pump (infusion pump): infusion
set attachment to the body, control via
the insulin pump worn about the person
which contains a reservoir of insulin.
Patch pump: A reservoir of insulin is
contained in a unit (a patch) that is
attached to the body.
LGS: Low Glucose Suspend - pump
suspends delivery of insulin when CGM
reading hits a pre-set limit.
PDM: Personal Diabetes Manager (a
handheld device that connects to and
controls an insulin patch pump that is
worn on the body).
SAP: Sensor Augmented Pump - an
insulin pump that talks directly to a CGM
system. In most cases, and certainly in
the future, the readings from the CGM
systems will be given permission by the
user and their HCP to either suspend the
delivery of insulin if the readings are low,
or increase basal delivery if readings are
high based on algorythmic calculations
inside the pump.