Inside Diabetes Guide to Injection technique by Desang Diabetes media, BD (Becton Dickinson)

4 GETTING TO THE POINT

DSN Amanda Epps talks about her involvement with BD's Forum for

Injection Technique (FIT).

ost people who don't need

to inject have a basic

understanding of the

process. While everyone is likely to

have had an injection at some point

in their lives, understandably,

people can be fearful of having an

injection. They can't comprehend

what it's like to have to inject

yourself multiple times daily, as you

would if you were diagnosed with

Type 1 diabetes. Often people with

Type 2 diabetes can find moving

onto insulin to be very frightening.

Even though it may be necessary to

make the move, sometimes people

are reluctant to do so through fear

of injecting, hypos, and the need for

more frequent blood testing. Insulin

can sometimes make the person

with Type 2 diabetes feel like they

have failed at managing their

condition with diet and exercise,

however, it is important that we

remind them that for some people,

unfortunately, moving to insulin can

be a natural progression due to the

progressive nature of Type 2

diabetes and the depletion of beta-

cell function over time.

The move to insulin can be

overwhelming, however, there have

been many advances in diabetes

consumables over the years - gone

are the days that we ask people to

sharpen and reuse their needles.

Now we use very fine disposable

4mm needles for injections which

when shown to a person with

diabetes this can alleviate some of

the fears associated with starting

insulin.

With its heritage in the diabetes

sector, BD has decades of

experience designing and refining

syringes and needles. They've done

this based on research, asking

people with diabetes what they

thought of the products - and what

they lacked. From that, BD has also

gathered an extraordinary amount

of information about how to inject

well. This knowledge is now being

used to educate healthcare

professionals as well as people with

diabetes.

I have been part of BD's Forum for

Injection Technique (FIT), which was

assembled to assess the information

gathered from research and put into

educational brochures. As a mother

of a child with diabetes, it was lovely

to experience the depth of

knowledge and sincerity of those

working to improve the lives of

people living with the condition

day-to-day.

M

" BD has decades

of experience

designing and

refining syringes

and needles"

Download BD's Injection Technique Guide

from www.bd.com/bd-uk

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