THE INJECTION PROCESS
As someone living with diabetes, insulin injections are a regular part of life and the following advice should be taken into account:
ROTATING INJECTION SITES
Rotating your injection site will give these sites enough time to heal and prevents the formation of lumps, also known as Lipohypertrophy.
Steps for injecting yourself:
CARING FOR YOUR INJECTION SITE
- Check your sites
- Inject into healthy sites only
- Keep hands and sites clean
- Use a new needle every time
It’s important to only use pen needles once, as the needle tip could be deformed and repeated use could worsen the damage and cause increased pain. We recommend using 4mm pen needles as it reduces intramuscular injection risk, allows for a greater injection zone, simplifies technique, is less painful, and is compatible with ALL insulin pens.
DISCARDING INSULIN PEN NEEDLES
Make sure that you discard insulin needles in a responsible way.
A great way of doing this is by using a product called SafeClip which is a portable device that safely removes syringe and pen needles and can safely hold up to 1500 clipped needles. Ask our pharmacists to find out more.
FACTS ABOUT LIPOHYPERTROPHY
- 39% of people with Lipohypertrophy experience unexplained Lypohypertrophy
- 49% of people with Lipohypertrophy have glycemic variations
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
Feel free to speak to our friendly pharmacists should you require any further information about your diabetes needs.