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A PINCH UP: Where you pinch a section

of skin to raise it up to inject into. This is

also called a skin fold or skin tuck.

CONNECTED PENS: Smart insulin pens

and pen caps that track doses, so you

don't forget whether or not you have

given yourself an injection. Some of

these now have Bluetooth capacity,

which means you can send your dosing

data to your doctor.

FIT: An educational resource from BD

for, and by, healthcare professionals -

the Forum for Injection Technique -

with best practice based on much input

based on decades of experience.

GAUGE: A measure of needle thickness;

the higher the number, the thinner the

needle.

INSULIN PEN: Device for injecting

insulin, which holds replaceable

cartridges of insulin. Also available in

pre-filled disposable form.

INJECTION SITES: Areas on the body

most suitable for injecting insulin.

INJECTION SITE ROTATION: Changing

the places where insulin is injected to

avoid lipodystrophies (lumps and

bumps).

LIPOHYPERTROPHY: Lumps, 'lipos'

(and sometimes dimples) that appear

on the surface of your skin around

injection sites. They may be

uncomfortable, look odd, and can also

affect insulin absorption.

NEEDLEPHOBIA: An extreme fear of

needles, but this can be treated.

NEEDLESTICKS: This is an American

term that is gaining traction in the UK

replacing 'finger prick'. It just means

having to lance a finger to gain a drop of

blood to test with.

THE BENDS: When an air bubble enters

the bloodstream and lodges

somewhere in the body causing an

embolism. It's rare, but if you've had

diabetes a long time, you may recall

'knocking the bubbles out' from a

disposable syringe after drawing up

insulin from a bottle. In essence, where

possible, take time to check there are

no bubbles visible before you inject. If

there is, squirt a little insulin out and

get rid of the bubble in the process,

before proceeding with the injection.

GLOSSARY

RESOURCES

has a range of resources to help you with your injection

technique and overcoming any problems along the way:

BD AND ME™

An online educational resource covering everything you need to know

about injecting. Simple, clear modules cover a range of topics and can be

completed in your own time. www.bdandme.bd.com

LIPO EDUCATION

Recap on lipohypertrophy and how to detect, prevent and protect any

lumps and bumps. www.bd.com/checkforlipo

INJECTION TECHNIQUE: BASIC INFORMATION

From finding the right injection technique to disposing of your sharps,

this resource covers all the basics. www.bd.com/en-uk/products/

diabetes/diabetes-learning-centre/injection-technique

Further resources and support services:

DIABETES UK: The UK's leading charity for all people with diabetes,

funds research and runs campaigns to raise awareness of issues.

www.diabetes.org.uk

DIABETES RESEARCH & WELLNESS FOUNDATION: The charity

also funds diabetes research and offers support to anyone with diabetes.

www.drwf.org.uk

JDRF: The charity specifically for people with Type 1 diabetes.

www.jdrf.org.uk

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