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ISMP: Similar Names But Different Actions: Potential Premix Insulin Prescription Errors

From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP: Recently there have been reports of a mix up of mixed insulins.   The insulins involved were: NovoLog® Mix (analog) 70/30 (70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection, [rDNA origin]) Novolin® 70/30 human insulin. Be prepared to address these potential …

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A Review of Insulin Errors

This week we have a review adapted from information provided by Novo Nordisk of the most common insulin errors which include: Clinician errors Self-administration errors Self-monitoring errors Improper insertion techniques Bad drawing-up procedure Insulin timing Using the wrong insulin Miscalculating insulin sensitivity factor Using an incorrect carbohydrate ratio Not checking …

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