Best Insulin Injection Technique: Teaching the Long and the Short of It
Registration DetailsExpiration Date: February 10, 2013
Original Release Date: February 10, 2011
Price: Free for members and non-members
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Program OverviewAlthough provider recommendations strongly influence patient adoption of insulin delivery practices, relatively little attention has been paid to how patients with diabetes inject insulin. This has contributed to common treatment barriers, including “needle anxiety,” variable medication absorption, inconvenience, and injection-related pain. The tide may be turning, however, with the introduction of new evidence-based guidelines to help healthcare professionals promote more comfortable, effective, and safe injections administered by patients.
Building on these published recommendations, this Webcast will feature recent data on skin thickness and short-needle efficacy that dispel prevailing assumptions about the effects of factors such as needle length on medication absorption in different patient populations. For example, the use of very short pen needles can reliably deliver medication subcutaneously, even in obese individuals. Educational strategies will also be presented to refocus attention on the role of injection technique as a means of improving clinical and quality-of-life outcomes for patients using insulin and other self-injected therapies.
Program GoalsThis Webcast will reexamine prevailing assumptions about the effects of factors such as needle length on insulin delivery by describing evidence-based injection techniques and education strategies that maximize medication effect in different patient populations.
Learning ObjectivesAfter viewing this Webcast, participants should be able to:
- Understand how the thickness of skin and subcutaneous tissue affects injection technique
- Recognize the psychological barriers to injecting insulin, especially at the initiation of treatment, and approaches to mitigating them
- List factors influencing insulin absorption, injection pain, and strategies that make injections less painful
- Match injection practice parameters (eg, site selection, needle length and diameter, injection angle, and the use of skin folds) to the needs of individual patients