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Monday, August 15, 2011

What Are Diabetic Pens And How Do You Use Them?

By Charlie Breckenford

Insulin diabetic pens are a much easier means of delivering insulin to a diabetic when compared with injecting using syringes. Although larger than a regular pen, it is far simpler to take with you and the pens are now widely used throughout most countries. So what exactly are they, and how do they work?

Insulin diabetic pens incorporate a cartridge for your insulin, a disposable needle and a means of managing the dosage. With the exclusion of pre-filled pens which will need to be completely replaced, only the cartridge itself in other pens will need to be changed when empty. Cartridge sizes usually have a capacity of 1.5 or 3.0 ml. The pen itself is quite solid and certainly more socially acceptable for the diabetic to use in public places than syringes.

Should you have Type 2 diabetes you might be prescribed a disposable insulin pen. These types of pen come pre-filled and also the dosage strictly controlled. The major problem with having a controlled dose, is it won't be possible to make any adjustments if these are required. For example, if you are unwell, change your diet or whenever you do any strenuous exercise.

The more state-of-the-art diabetic pens (and more expensive) permit you to store details of your dosage and when it was administered, which means you have a permanent record which is one advantage. Other benefits include simplicity of use, convenience, accuracy and that they are less painful to make use of.

You would prepare your injection site in the same way just like you were using a syringe. Select your site normally, which is likely to be different depending on how frequently a day you inject. Some people find the upper arm the most effective, but as this is personal choice it may be the legs, thighs, abdomen or buttocks. Sound judgment should prevail, and you ought to keep clear of any tender areas and a couple of inches from recently used sites and any scars. Always ensure that the area is swiped using an alcohol pad to clean it.

To use your pen, remove the cover, confirm the amount of insulin and clean the tip of the pen. If needed, gently roll the pen in your hand to mix the contents. Place the needle in the end and prime the pen to get rid of any air pockets. This can be done by having the pen upright and lightly depressing the end until a little insulin appears at the end of the needle.

Check your selected dose is correct again, pinch and hold the skin and insert the needle fully. Count to five, take away the insulin pen from the site and gently rub the area. Cover your diabetic pen and deal with the needles correctly and off you go on your usual daily life!

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