- Closed-loop system: The Omnipod 5 is a closed-loop system that automatically adjusts insulin delivery based on continuous glucose monitoring to maintain a stable blood sugar level.
- No tubing: The Omnipod 5 is a tubeless system that allows for discreet and comfortable insulin delivery.
- Personalized insulin delivery: The Omnipod 5 can make personalized insulin deliveries based on individual settings and insulin sensitivities.
- Compatibility with Dexcom G6: The Omnipod 5 is compatible with the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor to enable continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels.
- Remote control capability: The Omnipod 5 can be remotely controlled via a smartphone app, which is a convenient feature for many users.
- CGM system requirements: Since the Omnipod 5 is a closed-loop system, it requires the use of a CGM system to enable automatic insulin delivery adjustment.
- Limited insulin capacity: The Omnipod 5 can store up to 200 units of insulin, which may not be sufficient for some users.
- No software update capability: There is no way to update the Omnipod 5 software to add new features or improvements.
- New usage: The Omnipod 5 is a new insulin pump that may not have been tried by all users and may not be as well known as some of the established insulin pumps on the market.
- No partial suspension capability: Unlike some other insulin pumps, the Omnipod 5 does not have the ability to partially suspend insulin delivery when a low blood sugar level is detected.
The Omnipod 5 is a new AID system that has already been successfully introduced in the US and is expected to be available in Germany in 2023. This system has some unique advantages, particularly the fact that it does not require an infusion set and the pod is worn completely on the body, which does not limit clothing choices. In addition, the Dexcom transmitter communicates directly with the pod, and the remote control is only needed when making adjustments or giving a bolus. The automatic system has relatively few settings and is effortless to use. The Omnipod 5’s bolus calculator considers the trend of the CGM and can calculate meals more easily. Waiting for the Omnipod 5 could be worthwhile for people with diabetes looking for a clever, easy-to-use system that doesn’t require an infusion set or tubing. However, it is important to note that the algorithm is designed to cover meals with bolus delivery, and people who rarely give bolus may have less success with the system. However, those who roughly enter their meals into the bolus calculator will quickly achieve success.