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Safety Needles Cause Confusion

Oct 27, 2013

I was asked to see a patient for instruction on insulin administration. After leaving the hospital she had started her insulin at home. During a telephone conversation she mentioned that she was concerned that after injection she noticed some liquid was running down her abdomen. I asked that she bring her supplies and let me watch how she did the injection….

During the appointment I had her demonstrate her injection techniques. She properly primed the pen but then returned the needle cover and tried to inject. She stated that “the needles in the hospital had a cover.”

The nurses were using a safety needle with a needle protector on. She had not really received a dose of insulin for 1 week but her dose was increased. We then started her back on the dose she left the hospital with.

Lesson Learned: 

It is always good to teach the type of insulin administration the patient will be using at home and to have them demonstrate the injection technique.

Carol RN, CDE


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