Frequently asked questions
The MiniMed™ 670G System is now available in the South Africa. Click on our Contact Us link to find out more.
The MiniMed™ 670G system automatically adjusts basal insulin delivery every five minutes, based on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) readings, to offer protection against both highs and lows2,3. It is the first and only system to automate and personalise the delivery of basal insulin 24 hours a day in people with type 1 diabetes.
MiniMed™ 670G system is indicated for people with type 1 diabetes who are 7 years and above and are using a Total Daily Dose (TDD) of > 8 units per day.
The MiniMed™ 670G system is not yet compatible for use with a mobile phone. Medtronic is currently developing a portfolio of Bluetooth insulin pumps that will be able to connect to mobile devices such as a mobile phone. We will announce further information as soon as further updates are available.
The MiniMed™ 670G system builds on Medtronic’s industry leading algorithms to offer therapy customization, so patients and healthcare professionals can choose from increasing levels of automation that best fit their diabetes management needs. The MiniMed™ 670G system requires minimal input. Patients only need to enter mealtime carbohydrates, accept bolus correction recommendations, and periodically calibrate the sensor.
The MiniMed™ 670G system features SmartGuard™ Auto Mode, Medtronic’s most advanced SmartGuard™ algorithm to date, which enables the delivery of a variable rate of insulin 24 hours a day based on the personalized needs of each patient. This helps maximize the time glucose levels are within the target range2, so that patients and their families can think less about managing their diabetes and spend more time on whatever day brings3.
Time in Range is the percentage of time that people with type 1 diabetes spend in the optimal glycemic range of 70-180 mg/dL (3.9-10 mmol/L). Increasing the Time in Range over the long-term can best be accomplished by using advances in diabetes therapies, like the MiniMed™ 670G system with SmartGuard™ technology, that automates basal insulin delivery.
SmartGuard™ technology, that automates basal insulin delivery. The goal with diabetes management is to increase time spent in this healthy range and to minimize high and low sugar levels, which can lead to both immediate and long-term complications such as damage to blood vessels – increasing the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke8,9. Damage to blood vessels can also lead to loss of vision, kidney disease, and nerve problems.
When your glucose level starts dropping to a pre-set low limit, the SmartGuard™ Suspend before Low feature will temporarily stop delivering insulin. It will also start delivering insulin again once your glucose stabilizes.
Together with your healthcare professional, you may consider transition to the new MiniMed™ 670G system as soon as it becomes available in South Africa. Nevertheless, we also encourage you to contact Medtronic or your current diabetes therapy provider to assess this possibility from a contractual perspective.
The MiniMed™ 670G system includes the new Guardian™ Sensor 3, the first and only sensor receiving FDA and CE Mark approval to control a hybrid closed loop system. The Guardian™ Sensor 3 is Medtronic’s most accurate5 sensor that drives our exclusive SmartGuard™ technology with a smart and reliable design5 and increased comfort.
The Guardian™ Sensor 3 is not part of the Enlite™ family of sensors. It is the first and only sensor receiving FDA and CE Mark approval to control a hybrid closed loop system. The Guardian™ Sensor 3 is Medtronic’s most accurate5 sensor that drives our exclusive SmartGuard™ technology with a smart and reliable design6 and increased comfort.
The Guardian™ Sensor 3 is compatible with the MiniMed™ 640G insulin pump when used in conjunction with the Guardian™ Link 3 transmitter. If you have a Guardian 2 Link then the Guardian™ Sensor 3 will not work with your MiniMed™ 640G insulin pump.
The Guardian™ Sensor 3 is only compatible with the Guardian™ Link 3 transmitter. The Guardian™ Link 3 transmitter is compatible with both the MiniMed™ 640G and MiniMed™ 670G systems
While the MiniMed™ 670G system will not be commercially released simultaneously across EMEA, the new Guardian™ Sensor 3 will become available in some countries over the coming months and more information will be shared at a later date. In those countries, the Guardian™ Sensor 3 can be used in conjunction with the MiniMed™ 640G system – available in the region since February 2015.
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