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Insulin Pens Vs. Vial and Syringe?

You have decided that one of your patients, a 72-year-old, should add a basal insulin dose to her antihyperglycemic regimen. During your discussion with her, she voices concern that between her “arthritic hands and poor vision” she won’t be able to accomplish this. You make the recommendation that using an insulin pen will make injection easier for her. Which of the following statements regarding insulin pens is true? A. They all require loading with an insulin cartridge. B. They have more accurate dosing than syringes. C. They can now dose insulin in .10 units increments. D. They are now available for all types of insulin. Follow the link for the answer.

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Syringe Know-How

Are all your patients who use insulin pens trained and know how to use a vial and syringe? Follow the link to see how you and your colleagues compare.

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