yourself when taking off a
needle cap is a common
occurrence. People injecting
insulin (as well as some
might be uncap a minimum
of three and often at least
five times daily in a variety
of settings and situations.
So there is always a risk
of what are called 'needle
stick injuries'. Due to the
'hands away' technique
involved with taking a needle
cap off with Rapid Cap, that risk is hugely minimised. An easy to use device, it's been
designed with input from people with diabetes. Having been tested and achieving quality
assurance Rapid Cap is newly available. The design now makes needle cap removal
safe, swift and easy to execute. The device can be used with just one single hand. It is
robust yet lightweight, designed with a non-slip base to increase stability. A guide helps
to centre the pen. Push down once and there is a click of release, then you repeat the
process to recap the needle without exposing your hand to the needle. This device could
give added independence to some people with diabetes as well as being an asset to
caregivers, nurses and general practitioners. Made in New Zealand, the company ships
to the UK and is currently looking for a distributor here. www.rapidcap.co.nz
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has approved Baqsimi (glucagon)
nasal powder 3mg for the treatment
of severe hypoglycemia in people with
diabetes ages four years and above, as
announced by Eli Lilly and Company.
Baqsimi is the first and only nasally
administered glucagon, and it was
designed with severe hypoglycemia
rescue in mind. It is compact, portable and
ready to use (no reconstitution required) in
a single, fixed, 3mg dose. In a trial with
adult patients, Baqsimi had comparable
efficacy to injectable glucagon. Common
cold with nasal congestion did not impair
absorption of the product. It will be a while
before the product will be widely available
in the US or globally.
A LOT ON YOUR PLATE?
Maintaining a healthy weight is important
for anyone's overall health. Making
simple changes to what and how much
you're eating can really help you lose the
pounds. Portion control is key. If you eat
less, you consume fewer calories and
by combining this with regular exercise
you're on the right track to improved
health. Marianne's Plate eliminates the
need to weigh food or count calories and
can help with carbohydrate, protein and
all forms of portion control.
Even a healthy diet will cause weight
gain if eaten in the wrong portions.
Marianne's Plate is a simple way to
achieve portion control and maintain it,
simple enough to get children to know
about healthy portion sizes. Each plate (in
a choice of three designs) is split into three
sections, one for each major food group.
Half of the plate is for salad or vegetables,
a quarter of the plate is for poultry, meat
or fish, and the final quarter of the plate is
for carbs - pasta, rice or potatoes.