Encouraging better injection technique

Pharmacists are being encouraged to play a more proactive role in the management of patients with insulin-dependent diabetes

The call from Becton Dickinson and Company follows the release of global research that revealed many people are not injecting their diabetes medication correctly.

The new “Golden Rules of Injection Technique” are based on the outcomes of FITTER (Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations), an international workshop sponsored by BD, which brought together diabetes experts from 54 countries to review diabetes management practices.

They also analysed the results of the largest-ever global survey on injection technique, which consisted of 13,289 respondents from 42 countries.

Professor Glen Maberly, Senior Staff Specialist (Endocrinology) and Program Lead – Western Sydney Diabetes who attended the FITTER Workshop, says injection technique plays a critical role in diabetes care.

“When we are talking about diabetes care, injection technique is just as important as insulin, nutrition and physical activity,” he says.

“All healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, who are involved in the care of a patient with diabetes should be having regular, proactive conversations about injection technique which include the importance of needle length, injection angle, using a skin fold, and correct injection site rotation.”

“Pharmacists should not assume patients are already having these conversations at a diabetes clinic, with their GP or another health professional – because more often than not, it’s not the case.

“Even people who have been injecting diabetes medication for several years, poor or inconsistent injection technique can develop over time, impacting on blood glucose control and health outcomes.”

He encouraged pharmacists and other health professionals to take on board the recommendations and learnings from FITTER.

The guidelines can be accessed here.

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