Insulin pens must never be used for more than one person. Regurgitation of blood into the insulin cartridge can occur after injection  creating a risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission if the pen is used for more than one person, even when the needle is changed.
What happens if I get blood in my insulin pen?
When blood does backfill into the syringe, it should still work okay. As a matter of safety, I would remove the needle and use another injection site. Depending on how much blood is in the pen cartridge, I might throw it away.
Should you shake insulin pen?
Do not shake the pen.
This can make the insulin clump together. Next, gently tip the pen up and down 10 times. Do not use the insulin if you see clumps in it after you mix it.
Where should you not inject insulin?
Do not inject near joints, the groin area, the navel, the middle of the abdomen, or scar tissue. You will also need to rotate, or switch, your injection sites. If you use the same injection site over and over again, you may develop hardened areas under your skin that keep the insulin from working properly.
What happens if insulin is not given properly?
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can also occur. This condition can develop slowly over several days when the body doesn’t have enough insulin and blood sugar levels increase. Symptoms include increased thirst and urination, large amounts of sugar in the blood, weakness, labored breathing, nausea, and vomiting.
Do you have to prime a Lantus pen?
Lantus SoloStar should be primed before each use, this is sometimes called a safety test. This should be done to remove any bubbles, to ensure that the pen is working properly and that the device can administer the dose of insulin required. Dial a dose of 2 units by turning the dosage selector clockwise.
Safe practice recommendations
Health care practitioners must be aware of safe practice and educate patients that insulin pens are meant for use on a single person only. They should never be shared with a family member or friend, even when the needle is changed.
How many times can you use a insulin pen needle?
Insulin pen needles should be used only once; they should be removed and discarded after an injection.
What is the difference between insulin pen and syringe?
While insulin pens might be more expensive than a vial and syringe, they are more convenient, less painful, and easily storable and transportable. They essentially combine the vial and syringe, allowing greater dose accuracy and easier administration of doses.
Can I use my insulin pen straight from the fridge?
Keep an insulin pen refrigerated until you open it; after that, you can store it at room temperature. Ask your doctor if your particular insulin has a shorter or longer lifespan. Some insulins must be used in as little as 10 days. If you suspect your insulin was ever frozen, you should not use it.
Can I inject insulin in my thigh?
You can rotate to different areas of your abdomen, keeping injection sites about an inch apart. Or you can inject insulin into other parts of your body, including your thigh, arm, and buttocks.
Can you inject insulin into a vein?
These include insulin pumps that are implanted under the skin and patches that deliver insulin which is absorbed through the skin. Insulin can also be injected directly into a vein in emergencies, when an immediate effect is needed. This should only be done by a doctor, though.
Does insulin make you gain weight?
Weight gain is a common side effect for people who take insulin — a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar (glucose) by cells. This can be frustrating because maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of your overall diabetes management plan.
How long can a diabetic survive without insulin?
For someone like yourself, who indicated that you have had diabetes for more than 10 years, you MIGHT be able to live for 7 to 10 or so days without insulin.
Can a Type 2 diabetic survive without insulin?
For others, type 2 diabetes can be managed without insulin. Depending on your health history, your doctor might recommend that you manage type 2 diabetes through a combination of lifestyle changes, oral medications, or other treatments.
What happens to a diabetic without insulin?
Without insulin, your body will break down its own fat and muscle, resulting in weight loss. This can lead to a serious short-term condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This is when the bloodstream becomes acidic, you develop dangerous levels of ketones in your blood stream and become severely dehydrated.