Comfort, Ease And Accuracy With Insulin Pens And Pen Needles
The insulin pen is an authentic breakthrough in insulin delivery. Whether disposable or reusable, the smaller diameter pen needles makes injecting insulin so much more comfortable, as well as the pen being, discreet, accurate, easier and safer for many diabetics.
Insulin pens provides technology that serves real people. It solves real problems, especially for those who need multiple injections each day and find it physically or psychologically difficult to inject themselves, using a disposable syringe and insulin vial, at home and in public places.
Prior to Injecting
Before you can inject insulin with an insulin pen, you have to follow these steps:
- Choose a pen needle that is compatible with your insulin pen, your body type and injection techniques. Attach it to the pen using a click on or twist on device.
- Click-ons are usually best for people who have problems with their vision, hearing or dexterity.
- Dial in your dosage of insulin in your pen.
- Insert the needle under your skin and into the fatty layer that lies above your muscles.
- Press a button that releases the insulin into your body. If the dosage is large, this may take some time.
Basic Facts about Insulin Pen Needles:
A pen needle is hollow to allow insulin to enter the body. It is attached to a plastic base which the patient or caretaker then attaches to the pen before the actual injection.
- Today’s pen needles are mass produced on ultra precision machines, very smooth and vary according to length (measured in mm)and diameter referred to as gauge or G.
- The smallest ultra fine pen needle — 4 mm long in 32 gauge — was recently introduced to the world. Clinical research has shown, not only that the new shorter and thinner needles cause less discomfort, but that they are just as effective as other needles in insulin delivery. They are also less threatening to children and other people who suffer from “needle anxiety” or a phobia of needles.
- Doctors usually recommend that needles be discarded after each use, or at the minimum, after one day’s use.
- Make sure that the pen needles you buy have been tested for compatibility with the insulin pen that you plan to use or already use. Most makers of needles make an effort to design them to fit with most insulin pens or at the minimum, the leading and most popular brands.
- Injection technique and body type also affects the choice of needles. If you’re very thin, a shorter needle may be better to make sure it does not penetrate to the muscle. A longer needle may be used, provided that it is inserted at an angle or if you pinch the skin to raise it and then insert the needle.
- If you are used to inserting the needle at a 90 degree angle, or perpendicular to the injection site, a shorter needle will help you remain in the fatty layer beneath the skin.
- Pen needles are sold separately from pens. A box of 100 pen needles cost less than a box of 100 syringes, so the additional cost of the insulin in pens, compared to vials, is balanced out.