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DANA RS // INSULIN PUMP

Updated: Jul 26, 2019

As you might have heard if you follow me on social media (wink wink ) I have recently started using a Dana RS insulin pump by SOOIL ! I am excited to share what all I have learned about it with you ! So this is a review of how I found the pump so far, why I choose it and an in depth presentation of all the important aspects. You can also watch my Dana Pump review video


directly on YouTube > here < .

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THE PUMP

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The DANA RS Diabecare Insulin Pump, is a really small and light pump which you can use straight from your mobile phone through their official app on both Android or iOS devices using Bluetooth; effectively being able to bolus discretely from your phone.

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This device is produced by SOOIL a Korean company that despite not being very well known in Europe produced the first commercially available Insulin Pump all the way back in 1980 and have about 150,000 pump users worldwide.

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SIZE // LOOKS

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The dana RS is one of the smallest classic 'wired' insulin pumps rectangularly shaped; dimensions in mm are 79 x 45 x 19 which is about the same as a business card and about as thick as an adult's thumb. Also despite its large 300 unit reservoir it's still the lightest pump (except for patch ones) weighing only 65g (including the battery) meaning you can barely feel it in your pocket or pump band.

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The main body is lightweight plastic and somewhat of a light grey colour while the buttons and sides are wrapped in a coloured silicone/rubber skin. The rubbery bit comes in five different colours : white, black, grey, lime green and fuschia (in reality it's much closer to red than pink despite their marketing images).

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The side of the pump also has an acrylic window so you can see the reservoir and bubbly bits...

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There's also four buttons which are used as a simple way to navigate the menu and also there's small display with extra green backlight at night when you activate the buttons. The display shows you the date, time basla or temporary basal rates battery life and remaining insulin.

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PHONE APP // ANYDANA

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One of the biggest advantage of this pump is the fact that you can use an app on your smartphone to bolus and manage your pump settings which means you never have to have access to your pump through your clothes.

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I only use my phone for everything I need to do on the pump except for refilling and priming when I already have the pump out anyway. The rest of the time it stays nicely tucked away in my hid-in pump adjustable band and keep it close to wherever my site is so not much wiring going about either.

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// you can purchase this body band and more accessories made for any type of insulin pump from @hid-in


AnyDANA-A or AnyDANA-I is a medical mobile application for controlling the DANA Diabecare RS insulin pump for more effective and hassle free diabetic management. Being able to bolus or adjust my settings while I exercise without stooping just by using my phone is incredibly powerful.

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The phone app is overall fantastic to have and super easy to set up and to use for the most part however it's worth mentioning that there are certain things that haven't been really thought through and I hope they will update soon ... I will be getting in contact with them with a more thorough feedback on the way some of the aspects of the app are designed by non diabetic people who clearly do not understand anything about carb quantities or glucose levels....

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For example something that bothers me terribly is the fact that the BOLUS WIZARD sliders go up to 999 carbs.... Unless you are going for a donut eating competition ( and manage to eat about 35 donuts) you are never going to eat that many carbs !!! Its crazy ridiculous ! This makes it very difficult to control the slider and forces you to type in numbers; also potentially very dangerous as you can by mistake slide that all the way up ...

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LOOPING // #WEARENOTWAITING

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A huge bonus and main reason I learned about this pump in the first place is because it is compatible with AndroisAPS (Automated Pancreas System) aka Closed Looping - developed by the open source DIY diabetes community..

// to learn more about it highly recommend getting Dana M. Lewis's book on amazon or read it for free on her website. For more info see '' Automated Insulin Delivery'' blogpost or video >here<


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According to an article by Diabetes Mine* SOOIL were '' the first to embrace openness '' * by working with Milos Kozak one of the pillars of the #wearenotwaiting community and one of the main figures behind androidAPS. He ''helped SOOIL integrate two-way connectivity and make the device safer with the app talking to the pump and vice-versa'' * therefore actually getting Sooil to see the value in making available the official applications we have on the DANA pump as well continued cooperation with the #wearenotwaiting community.


//self driving pancreas in self driving car #tesla #androidAPS #nightscout


Due to this relationship and understanding SOOIL keeps the warranty for all DIY systems and they are openly compatible. This type of collaboration was a first when it comes to Pump manufacturers to date and also the only one of this kind.

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This also makes the pump compatible with any cgm of your choice and the DIY set-up allows you different degrees of control from just using it as bolus calculator with your blood sugars readings and trends already accounted for to open loop where you get treatment suggestions based on the algorithm or to completely close the loop, have a self driving pancreas and sleep carefree ! It's really all up to whatever works best for you and your diabetes management.

// androidAPS also allows you to bolus and track your sugars on your smartwatch

// for more info on getting started with androidAPS click > here < .

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SETS // REFILL

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To use the pump you need to change the cartridge which you fill up with insulin and the set ( cannula plus tubing ) every three days. You should be able to see a video of me doing a set change and refill soon on my // diabetesis YouTube channel >here < so you can go ahead and subscribe and turn on the 'bell' notification so you can be the first to know when new videos are up !

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The cartridge / syringe you use to take insulin from your vial look simple and each 10 package comes with step by step instructions on how to refill. They also have something called the DANA easy setter which you can use to rewind the linking screw .. see more info on ''How to do a DANA set change? ''blog post soon > here < or YouTube video > here <

//all the tools you need to carry around for a set change

There are multiple sets available you can find more information below but the ones I am currently using are called Soft Release O which are produced by Ypsomed and are one of the smallest catheters with 6mm and 9mm cannula lengths. The insertion process is easy and there is minimal pain or discomfort right after the insertion but that goes away in about 30 seconds.

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What I love about these sets is that they rotate 360 degrees! freely which means I can easily position my pump anywhere without much trouble and are a less of a risk to pull it off. Also the tubing disconnects and connects very easily and the cannula is protected so completely waterproof without any need for an extra cap while disconnected which is great for swimming and showers as despite the fact that the pump is waterproofed ( IPX 8 standard ) I prefer to take it off for extra security especially when swimming.

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You can insert the cannula manually but this is not recommended as it leads to higher chance of a kinked sites and can be more painful. A reusable auto insertion tool comes with the pump and works well but the sets are also fully compatible with the Ypsomed/ MyLife Orbit inserter which I find much easier and safer to use and also shaped so it fits in my diabetes bag better. I got my hand on this at a diabetes event where Ypsomed was showcasing their pump so keep your eyes open at conferences and events where pump manufacturers have stalls and try to ask for some freebies as I am not sure if there is a way to purchase one online otherwise.

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The tubing is coloured blue presumably to make air bubbles more visible ( I'd prefer it to be clear or pink! but this is kinda pretty too! ) and the connector cap is a pretty low profile clear plastic dome shaped which reduces the risk of it getting snagged onto clothing...

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The sticky patch for the cannula is body heat activated which works great and also leaves minimal residue behind when you take it off . The patch is a strange semi transparent but dark beige/orange-ish colour ... the description of sooil 's website is actually very disturbing saying its supposed to match your skin tone ... but it's definitely not my skin tone and ''tanned white skin tone '' should not in any way be held as a standard for all obvious reasons! ...Ypsomed's description of it isn't much better either...

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Just say something like its a natural colour of that material or whatever ( which is most likely why its that colour in the first place...) I don't mind what colour it is just the description of it I find unacceptable and I hope it will be rectified soon.

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// leftover bits every set change upcycle challenge accepted !

Other available sets:

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  • Soft Release ST- Soft cannula angled insertion

  • Easy Release - 90degree fine steel cannula

  • Easy Release II - 90degree fine steel cannula

  • Superline-ST- 90degree steel cannula

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For more info on all the available sets see Infusion Sets Technical Specification > here <

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CUSTOMER SERVICE

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The pump is manufactured by SOOIL; a Korean company; and it's being distributed in the UK by Advanced Therapeutics. See international distributors details > here <

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Both have been around for awhile but I didn't yet have any issues so I cannot say how quickly things will be dealt with but my initial interaction with the rep and getting started on the pump was off to a great start.

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UK Insulin Pump Emergency Line: 07775 642 239

Office hours Phone: 01926 833 273

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For all the Technical Specifications and bolus/basal or safety features see SOOIL Developments Co., Ltd


WHY THE DANA RS

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In summary my choice was mainly defined my these three points all of which I went into further detail throughout the post.

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1 // Compatibility with AAPS - this is something I was very keen on using and ultimately a tool to greatly improve my diabetes management as well as quality of life.

2// Size, Weight & Capacity - having something lightweight and small that can still include my high insulin requirements.

3// Phone Remote Control ( even without using AAPS ) - being able to leave my pump inside a body band control and just my pump discretely from my phone without any tiny buttons and small screens was very important to me.

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HOW TO GET ONE YOURSELF

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I got my pump on the NHS at Bart's / Mile End hospital but even there out of the five people that applied for funding for this particular pump only two of us actually got approved based on our CCG (which I only now learned is determined by where my GP is and not my diabetes hospital ).. Apparently there are still issues that need ironing out to make this pump and generally a more varied and actual choice available throughout the UK on the NHS a certainty.

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If you wish to self fund this I don't actually have any clear knowledge on the pricing of the the pump or the consumables if you will buy them directly as an individual but I understood it's supposed to be significantly cheaper than some of the most popular choices on the NHS. The cost for the NHS per Pump package is around 2400£ and the average cost per month is around 100£ for consumables (sets/cartridges/batteries) that might actually vary across the UK based on local negotiations...

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The pump is available in most of Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia but not in the US or Canada. See international distributors > here <

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It also supports 21 languages : Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Iranian, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

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