|Package Dimensions||17.78 x 11.43 x 0.64 cm; 22.68 Grams|
|Item Weight||22.7 g|
|Item Model Number||4332397946|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||17 March 2004|
FRIO PUMP Insulin Cooling Carrying Case/Wallet - Black - Evaporative Cooler - keeps insulin cool without ever needing ice packs or refrigeration!-Low Shipping Rates-
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- Keeps insulin cool and safe
- Refrigeration NOT required
- Simply activate with cold water
- Customized for Pump! Belt loop, waterproof liner, opening for tubing
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Frio's keep insulin safe even in hot climates. Choose the product size that is right for you Pump-External dimensions: 120mm x 90mm (4.72 in x 3.54 in ) Suitable for Mini Med and Disitron pumps plus Innolet and Innova injection systems
Do not carry or store in an airtight or waterproof container when activated. Frios need to breathe. They work by evaporation and need to be in contact with the air. Carrying in hand luggage or a pocket is satisfactory.
Each pack consists of two parts: 1) Cambrelle outer cover; 2) Inner Frio pouch made of poly-cotton with panels containing crystals, which are non-toxic and non-flammable (our safety data sheet is available if required)
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The idea of these Frio pouches is they create an insulating barrier around the insulin and use evaporative cooling to keep the insulin cool even in harsh sun environments. In practice I find these cases are almost useless, and the temperature of your insulin will eventually be exactly the same as the air temperature. I use a bluetooth temperature sensor inside the frio case right next to my insulin, and I wear it belt-style on the outside of my clothes so the pouch gets plenty of air exposure. On very hot days (basically any day with sun that goes over 86 degrees) the temperature sensor often alerts me that the insulin is sitting at or above the maximum temp of 86. The frio cases simply cannot keep insulin cool enough. It gives you a small buffer of time, but that's about it. If you go out in 86 degree weather, the Frio will give you an hour, maybe 2, but then the insulin will be at or above 86. The only advantage at that point is the frio limits the direct sun exposure. So having your pump in this case is probably still better than having it directly exposed to the sun on your belt.
I have still had insulin that has been damaged in the frio case. That being said, I think they are probably better than nothing at all, and they seem to limit the damage to my insulin. If I don't use a frio case the insulin will go bad within an hour or so of high temps, and I'll have to suffer high blood sugars for the rest of the week if I don't change out the insulin immediately. Most people don't realize how sun exposure dramatically affects their insulin quality, but I take a very low amount of insulin (about 2-5 units per meal max) and I know immediately when it loses potency because I have to double my basal rates and double my meal boluses. With the Frio usage I notice a slight loss in potency but typically I don't need to throw the insulin away, and it's not a factor of 2x. My point though is that you will still get some sun damage if you're out in hot temps all day.
It's worth mentioning that you should never ever put the frio case inside of a bag or locker or any place where it can't get constant air. They are completely worthless without a steady supply of fresh air. If you put it in a bag and then set that bag in the sun, your insulin will get damaged within a short time, guaranteed. Even my body heat keep can cause the frio case to heat up too much when it's inside a bag.
There really is no other option if you are a diabetic and you're trying to keep your pump insulin cool throughout the day. I use the frio cases despite their flaws, basically because there is no better option that still allows you to access the pump when you need to. You either use this or you suffer insulin damage and an extreme drop in potency. Active cooling devices have been attempted before, but nothing has really stuck around because they're all bulky and ineffecient and expensive and you can't wear them on your person. With the Frio I use a SpiBelt product to keep it fastened around my waist and it works ok. At least the Frios are relatively cheap, but they don't do a good job of cooling insulin.
I'm hoping someone will come up with something better but for now I'll keep using these and just try to limit my sun exposure, stay in the shade, stay cool, etc.
frio? say no more. theres no better you can do for insulin storage, as long as you know the intent of the product (they are not a refrigerator! they bring down the temp substantially, but are not the same as storing a product at 35-38 degrees which is ideal for long term storage).
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 17.78 x 11.43 x 0.64 cm; 22.68 Grams
- Date First Available : 17 March 2004
- Manufacturer : Frio
- ASIN : B0002262EO
- Item Model Number : 4332397946
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