what's in the box of the Medtronic 670G insul;ion pump

The Medtronic 670G insulin pump and what is in the box.

Have you ever wanted to see just exactly what comes with the new Medtronic 670G insulin pump? Do you wonder how much a Medtronic 670G costs? Is the Medtronic 670G really waterproof?

This is my third pump from Medtronic and so far so good.

My previous Medtronic pump was the Veo and had an internal battery issue before the 5 years were up. I did not qualify for a new pump under the assisted devices program for almost 6 more months, therefore I would not be getting a new insulin pump right away. Medtronic was very understanding and able to diagnose the problem with my Veo over the phone.

medtronic 670G insulin pump

The insulin pump was no longer under warranty but they offered to provide me with a loaner insulin pump (at no charge) until the time came for me to qualify to receive a new insulin pump.

The nurse, at the local diabetes clinic, (which I attend regularly), made arrangements for me to receive my new Medtronic 670G insulin pump when the date of qualification for a new one arrived. I didn’t have to do anything. That shows the importance of having a team on your side to help manage your diabetes.

We were in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic, and it went very smoothly. Medtronic had some offers of freebies that came with the new Medtronic 670G insulin pump.

Medtronic delivered my new Medtronic 670G insulin pump and all the supplies arrived within 2 days. Two large cardboard boxes full of Medtronic 670G insulin pump supplies and goodies arrived. It was just like Christmas all over.

How much does a Medtronic 670G cost?

To purchase the Medtronic 670G, without financing, you are looking at a price tag of around $8000. 00. If you have private extended health insurance or extended health benefits through your employer, it may be fully or partially covered. It varies from plan to plan.

Medtronic has a payment plan option as well if you want to spread the payments out over time.

Medicare and Medicaid may provide some coverage, but it can vary from state to state.

For Canadian residents, some provinces have coverage. See the links at the end of this post, for the Ontario Assisted device program.

In the province of Ontario, Canada, where I live, the government has a funding program called The Assisted Devices Program, which pays for insulin pumps and provides annual funding to help cover diabetic supplies. As long as you meet the qualifications you are good to get started. Under the guidelines of the program, you are not able to receive a new pump until a minimum of 5 years have passed since you received your last insulin pump and there is a valid need for a replacement.

The funding that the Province of Ontario provides to ADP insulin pump users is $2400. per year (600$ instalments 4 times per year)

What came in the boxes with the Medtronic 670G insulin pump.

The two boxes contained

  • Medtronic 670G insulin pump (minimed)
  • Medtronic 670G insulin pump user guide
  • Medtronic 670G insulin pump performance data manual
  • getting started guides
  • daily journal
  • wallet card
  • airport information
  • activity guard
  • 2 tubing clamps
  • belt clip
  • Medtronic Guardian link Transmitter for continuous glucose monitoring ($800. CAD value)
  • two boxes of Guardian sensors for continuous glucose monitoring ($800 CAD value)
  • Enlite serter – for use with sensors ($70 CAD value)
  • two boxes of reservoirs ($86 CAD value)
  • 2 boxes of infusions sets ($400 CAD value)
  • Contour Next link – wireless glucose monitoring meter
  • Sil serter ($37 CAD value – but usually comes with a pump)

Photo Gallery of what came in the boxes with the Medtronic 670G insulin pump/

Continuous Glucose monitoring

I have been using Medtronic 670G insulin pump for almost a year now and had some difficulties with the CGM in the beginning. I had trouble keeping the sensor on but I seemed to have worked out the kinks. It does have a bit of a learning curve, as there are a number of blood glucose checks that need to be completed during setup. One great thing is that Medtronic has a great how-to series of videos that you follow along with when you are setting up the CGM system.

Smartguard

Smartguard – is a new feature that has two modes of automation.

  1. Suspend before low – this feature stops the insulin up to 30 minutes before hitting those low limits that you preset unto your pump when you set it up. It will automatically restart when your blood sugar levels return to a normal range.
  2. Auto mode– adjusts basal levels every 5 minutes. this does not replace boluses for food but does help reduce fluctuations during the day as well as overnight.

Updated easy to read screen on the Medtronic 670-G insulin pump

A couple of big improvements with the new Minimed 670G. The display is very clear and easy to read. This is an improvement over the previous pumps. The lighting on the screen is very clear. The menu screen is easy to navigate. I have had issues in the past with reading the screen on the Veo, so I certainly appreciate the new look and the ease of using it.

New upgraded easy to read screen

A new style of belt clip on the Medtronic 670G insulin pump

The belt clip has also been upgraded. The belt clip slides into a grove in the back of the pump. This is a HUGE improvement. No more snapped springs or loose hinges. I have broken my share of the old-style clips and this improvement seems pretty secure. Two thumbs up here!

new slide in belt clip

Can you swim with the Medtronic 670G insulin pump?

The Medtronic 670G is waterproof and can stay underwater to a depth of up to 12 feet (3.5 meters) for up to 24 hours. The Medtronic 670G is waterproof at the time of manufacture and when the reservoir and tubing are proper;y installed.

Always keep in mind, tiny cracks from dropping the pump or little mishaps, can sometimes be difficult to see. and could result in water seeping in. Other factors that could impact the waterproof ability, could be overtightening of the battery lid or under-tightening.

It is comforting to know that the pump is waterproof. I won’t be swimming with it but we are avid boaters and it’s one less worry if it is splashed on or I fall in the water.

Information for Ontario residents

If you are in Ontario, Canada, and interested in information on the assisted Devices program – click on this link https://www.ontario.ca/page/assistive-devices-program#section-1 Here you will find useful information about the Assisted devices program.

Some other provinces have plans to assist in paying for diabetic supplies and insulin pumps. Contact your doctor, endocrinologist, or your local diabetic clinic to see if you have access to coverage.

Medtronic Upgrade offer

Medtronic also has an upgrade offer. If interested check it out here https://www.medtronic.com/ca-en/diabetes/home/products/insulin-pumps/minimed-670g.html Scroll down the page until you see the form. you can fill it out and submit it to Medtronic for more information.

They will call you in a couple of business days and be able to answer any questions you have regarding upgrade options.

Have you tried the Freestyle libre blood glucose monitoring system? Read about it herehttps://thenakeddiabetic.com/keeping-your-numbers-optimal-with-the-freestyle-libre/

UPDATE

February 2021

Medtronic has now come out with the Minimed 770G insulin pump. This looks like a real game-changer with its smartphone connectivity. Ima already looking forward to it. It will be available in the market in March of 2021. I have my order in and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

The out-of-pocket cost to upgrade for me from the 670G to the 770G was 899$ CAD. To find out of you qualify for the upgrade, check out the link below.

Check it out. https://www.medtronic.com/ca-en/diabetes/home/products/insulin-pumps/minimed-770g-system.html

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