"Correct Insulin Injection Method is the Key of Better Diabetes Management" - Experts

An Awareness Campaign was Organized by BD - India in Kolkata

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Insulin therapy is often a crucial part of diabetes management. Type 2 diabetes patients ultimately require insulin therapy in the course of the disease for effective glycemic control and injection technique remains crucial in the process. To enhance awareness on safe insulin injection practices, a multi-city educational campaign was organised by BD-India with leading endocrinologists on Insulin Injection Day. Insulin Injection Day commemorates the 98th anniversary of first successful insulin administration on 11th January 1922, at Toronto General Hospital, Canada. Prof. Nilanjan Sengupta, Professor & Head, Department of Endocrinology - NRS Medical College, Kolkata & Vice President, Diabetic Association of India (DAI), West Bengal, Prof. Debasish Maji President, Calcutta Diabetes & Endocrine Foundation & Past President, Endocrine Society of India were present at the Awareness Prof. Nilanjan Sengupta, Professor & Head, Department of Endocrinology- NRS Medical College, Kolkata & Vice President, Diabetic Association of India (DAI), West Bengal added that a good

injection technique is vital in achieving good glycemic control and thereby preventing complications in diabetic patients on insulin. If injection devices like needles are used improperly or re-used, it can result in pain with bleeding and bruising and needles breaking off, among other complications. Through Insulin Injection Day campaign by BD, it is equally important to enhance the awareness about appropriate injection technique including sites of insulin injection and site rotation. The experts also emphasized that an incorrect insulin injection technique could lead to lipohypertrophy, which is a thickened, rubbery swelling under the skin at the patient’s usual injection sites. Lipohypertrophy can lead to poor glycaemic control, hypoglycemia and glycaemic variability. Some of the recommendations from the Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) India are - Site Rotation : An easy-to-follow rotation scheme should be taught to the patients from the onset of injection therapy, Needle/Syringe hygiene : Do not reuse needles. Use a new needle for each injection, Lipohypertrophy : Injection sites should be inspected at every visit. Patients should be taught to inspect their own sites and should also be given training on how to detect lipohypertrophy. Injection sites : Injection should be given at a clean site with clean hands, Prior to the injection, the site has to be palpated for lipohypertrophy and inspected for wounds, bruises, or blisters.

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Report : Anustup Kundu

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