I often present and develop lessons on the role of insulin in the management of diabetes. One of the most significant barriers for many patients is the thought of injecting a medication into their body. In reality, this should not be a significant barrier as injecting with insulin pens and the ultra-fine pen needles causes minimal pain and discomfort. I usually tell patients that the pain from a insulin needle is usually less than an SMBG testing lancet.
Fit Forum for Injection Technique
One of my favourite tools to recommend when you have questions about injection technique for insulin and GLP-1 receptor agonists is the FIT Forum for Injection Technique. Many of my CDE colleagues are familiar with this tool, but if you haven’t seen it, take a quick look. It is worth downloading to have in case you have questions on injection technique.
Fit Technique Plus
The FIT Technique Plus section also provides some excellent healthcare professional and patient education tools on injection technique and needle selection. These are highly practical and can be downloaded on demand when you are counselling a patient.
Download or Bookmark
I am not going to review all of their key recommendations. If you ever have questions about injection technique for insulin or GLP-1 receptor agonists, this is likely the best starting point. I suggest that you download it or bookmark it for when you need it.