Inside Diabetes Guide to Injection technique by Desang Diabetes media supported by BD (Becton Dickin

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So, what to do with those pesky

needles once they've done their job?

You need to get the thing off for a

start, and then you need to

'neutralise' it so it can't do any

harm. One way to do this is to use

the BD Safe-Clip - a safe, easy way

to remove used insulin pen and

syringe needles. It cuts off sthe

needles and stores them in a large

reservoir, thereby avoiding

accidents while also not needing a

sharps disposal box.

There is also another format for

these, which involves taking the

needle off the end of the pen - not

just the needle shaft itself. The

Novofine Needle Remover is a

special cap that fits over the needle

on the end of your insulin pen and

neatly grips it so you can twist it off

without having to use your fingers

directly. Once the needle is off, you

press a button on the needle

remover to eject the needle which

pops out, ideally straight into a

sharps bin. This helps to avoid any

possibility of an accidental finger

pricks (often referred to as an

accidental 'needlestick') when

changing needles. This is excellent

for children or people with dexterity

issues and available on prescription.

SAFE & SOUND:

What to do with used needles

We're often asked not only to

take down blood test results

but also to keep a food diary.

Both are combined here in an

easy to read, easy to fill in, easy

to understand dairy.

Each booklet covers 32 days.

Each day has two-pages to view

so that every day has a whole

page on which to note down

your eating habits. This will

help you to see which foods

bring on high blood sugars. You

can check at a glance without

relying on your memory or

having to revert to your blood

test meter to remind you what

your readings have been over

the last 24 hours or more.

Opposite the food and dose log

is a chart on which you can plot

where your results go each day,

giving you a visual aid to spot

patterns. Sold in packs of six

diaries, each one lasts a month.

£9 per pack (£1.50 each) plus

p&p from Diabetes UK.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

Desang diaries can help you

keep on track

There is a similar pen needle

remover that comes free inside

every box of Unifine pen needles

from Owen Mumford.

There are also now many places that

sell special medical sharps bins. You

can even get small ones for travel

If you are taking the entire needle

off, do dispose of them safely in one

of these. Try calling your local

council who may supply them for

you. Then, when full, call the council

to set a date to have it picked it up

from you. They should deliver you a

new one to replace it.

This is the Mini Pocket Sharps Bin from

Frio (frionuk.com), handy to use when out

and about to store used needles. Available

on prescription. Diabetes UK sells

a similar product from MySharps on their

online shop (shop.diabetes.org.uk).

DETECT

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