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Take our free safe use of insulin e-learning module and check before you inject insulin
- Right insulin check the name.
- Right dose check strength and how much insulin to give. Check the numbers very carefully.
- Right time with food? At bedtime?
Right way via syringe, pen or pump?
Always ask the patient show them the insulin and what you are about to do.
Insulin is a life saving drug. Learn how to prescribe and give it safely. Someones life is in your hands. Learn from these true stories.
- Only give insulin in a syringe, pen or pump designed solely for insulin. Never use any other syringe or device.
- Never inject insulin if you have not been trained how to do so. If in doubt, ask.
- Patients on insulin usually know how to inject their own insulin listen to the patient. In most cases, unless they are too ill or confused, the patient is the best person to inject their own insulin.
- Do you know your diabetes specialist teams phone number? Check now.
- Do you know your pharmacists advice phone number? Check now.
Did you know?
- Approximately 4 in 10 inpatients with diabetes experience a medication error1
- Since 2003 insulin errors have led to over 17,000 safety incidents2
- Insulin safety training is now a requirement for all those who prescribe, prepare, handle or administer insulin.2
1 National Patient Safety Agency 2010 Rapid Response Report.
2 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit 2010: bedside clinical data collected from 12,191 inpatients at 206 acute hospitals.
Learner reports for individual trusts, including numbers registered and numbers completed, can be obtained by emailing a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have an ESR number please email:
who will be able to set your organisation up so you can access the modules.