Better support for diabetes

For those who missed it, management of injection delivery for insulin and other diabetic medications was covered at PSA17

With diabetes one of the biggest challenges facing the Australian healthcare system, pharmacists – the most accessible healthcare professional for many people with diabetes – should play a more active role in supporting diabetes management within their local communities, according to Professor Glen Maberly, Senior Staff Specialist (Endocrinology) and Program Lead – Western Sydney Diabetes.      

Presenting the PSA17 Therapeutic Update, New FITTER injection delivery: insulin, diabetes and beyond, Professor Maberly said pharmacists need greater awareness of new diabetes innovations so they are in a better position to support customers with diabetes. 

In his presentation, Professor Maberly argued it is no longer “enough” to have conversations with customers with diabetes only about medication, diet, exercise, education, and monitoring.

Management of injection delivery for insulin and other injectable diabetes medications also plays a part in supporting adherence and better blood glucose control, and this should be proactively addressed by pharmacists, he said.

“From education on correct injection technique including the use of short (4mm and 5mm) pen needle lengths, appropriate injection site rotation and adoption of the new Golden Rules of injection technique, it’s critical that pharmacy keeps abreast of new thinking and new technologies in diabetes care,” said Professor Maberly.

The session provided PSA delegates with the latest evidence for practical and comprehensive recommendations for diabetes injections and infusions, informed by the Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) – a series of scientific seminars sponsored by BD to improve the management of diabetes for healthcare professionals and patients.

The first-ever Australian and New Zealand FITTER event was recently held in Sydney on 20 May and Professor Maberly was one of several diabetes experts to present at the event.

The FITTER recommendations, including the Golden Rules of Injection Technique, and details of the global injection technique survey can be accessed via the below links:

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