2002 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators
Children with Diabetes exhibited at the 2002 American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We showed our web site, a scrapbook from our recent Friends for Life annual conference, the "Wall of Fame" collection of photos of kids who attended the conference, a Rufus and Ruby bear (along with their travel diaries), and squares from the Quilt for Life.
Time and again, people came up to our booth and told us that they loved the Children with Diabetes web site and that they recommended it to their patients. We were very glad to hear that, of course. Everyone loved Rufus and Ruby, and the Quilt for Life squares got lots of attention.
CWD International Diabetes Youth Ambassador Clare Rosenfeld enjoyed the spotlight during LifeScan's Irish Coffee social event. Clare, along with several others with diabetes, spoke about overcoming the challenges of diabetes to achieve their goals. Australian rock band Brother, led by Hamish who has diabetes, played to what can only be called a wildly enthusiastic crowd of diabetes educators.
Many thanks to CWD volunteers Chris Opdenaker, Bob Redmond, and Liz Redmond for taking the time to join us staffing the booth.
Laura Billetdeaux, CWD Events Coordinator, at the booth before the show floor opened.
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News from the Show Floor
1. Disetronic Shows New D-TRONplus Insulin Pump
Disetronic showed their new D-TRONTMplus insulin pump, which is not yet available for sale in the US. FDA approval is expected soon. Unlike the original D-TRON pump, D-TRONplus comes with a second backup D-TRONplus pump, just like the H-TRON pump does. Pump users who are concerned about having a backup pump now have the option of using the D-TRONplus, in addition to the H-TRONplus.
The D-TRONplus has an infrared communications port which is used to communicate with a personal computer running DiaLog, Disetronic's pump control software. DiaLog is a sophisticated tool for programming the pump, but it's very easy to use. Setting basal rates is as simple as displaying a bar chart graph and clicking on the bars to raise or lower the basal rates. The software can also be used by health care professionals to prepare an estimate of basal rates for new pump users. New features include raised edges around the buttons and a lock-out feature, among others. The D-TRONplus takes pre-filled Lilly cartridges, though users of other insulins, such as NovoLog, can get empty pump cartridges from Disetronic and fill them by hand.
The new D-TRONplus insulin pump from Disetronic
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2. BD Shows New Sharps By Mail Product
Addressing the need for proper sharps disposal, BD showed their new Sharps By Mail product. Sharps users will find a familiar red, 1.4 quart BD sharps container, along with a postage paid box in which to ship the full container for proper disposal. The sharps container will hold between 70 and 100 insulin syringes (depending on size), or about 300 pen needles or lancets. Pen users will find an opening on the top of the container that is sized perfectly to allow easy, no-hands removal of pen needles, dropping them right into the container.
BD representatives expect the Sharps By Mail product to be in retail pharmacies in the US by the end of September 2002 and anticipate a retail price of between $20 and $25.
BD's Sharps By Mail Product
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Posted August 11, 2002
Last Updated: Sunday April 13, 2003 13:11:14
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