Additional Diabetes Information:
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics may have to rely on insulin shots for managing their condition. Now an issue they have to be concerned with is: syringe safety. Although it might sound like a common topic, there are still many accidents and unnecessary injuries that occur as a result of someone not practicing good syringe safety.
Many diabetics reuse their insulin syringes as a cost cutting measure. While this is a commonly accepted practice, it does have its own complications. Reusing your insulin syringe may help to keep costs down, but do discuss with your doctor before practicing so. He can then help you with the decision as to whether or not it is the safest decision for you. If you have poor immunity, resistance to infection, it would be advisable that you don't reuse your syringe.
Tips to consider:
- Using syringes over and over causes the needle tip to become blunt and could make injections more painful.
- Reusing syringes is also a concern if you have open sores on your hands; it could easily transmit infection since the needle is no longer sterile.
- When reusing a needle and syringe, you definitely need to be alert as to where the tip is at all times. It is very easy to mishandle a syringe and allow it to penetrate your skin other than for actually injecting the insulin. It is recommended you keep the cap in place until you are sure you are ready to inject.
- Under any circumstances, you should never share a syringe with another person. The risk of infections and bacteria being shared is far too high to warrant the monetary savings.
- Another common issue is when diabetics clean the tip of their syringe with alcohol. While this might sound like a reasonable practice to adopt, it is actually not recommended. It may appear to you as cleaning the needle, but you are actually removing the manufacturer's coating that is placed on the needle to allow it to pierce the skin more easily.
- When traveling with syringes, make sure they are packed separately from clothing. Also, store them securely and in clean environment.
- To properly dispose of a used syringe, you should always clip off the needles so there is no chance of them being reused by someone else. Make sure to dispose of needles as soon as they become dull or come into contact with anything other than your skin.
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