Diabetes is a chronic ailment in which the body loses its ability to produce insulin, or begins to produce insulin less efficiently. People with type 1 diabetes – a condition in which the cells of the pancreas stop producing insulin – need to inject insulin for the rest of their lives, typically 4 to 5 times in a day. There are different ways of injecting insulin, from using a syringe and needle to an insulin delivery pen. Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices (HMD) Ltd., one of the world’s top five medical device manufacturing companies, offers both insulin syringes and pen needles that are equipped with a range of features for easy and safe administration of insulin to patients of diabetes. Read on to find out everything you need to know about managing diabetes with HMD’s insulin syringes and pen needles.
HMD’s Insulin Syringes
Insulin syringes are available in different sizes. The size of the syringe is determined by the insulin dose. Needles, attached to syringes, are available in different sizes and are measured by their thickness (gauge or G) and length (in mm). People who have more body fat may need a longer needle while children or those who are very lean may require a shorter needle.
HMD Ltd. offers two brands of Insulin Syringes, namely Dispo Van Insulin Syringes and Unolok Insulin Syringes. With a siliconized insulin needle, the Dispo Van insulin syringe is manufactured in adherence to the highest quality standards. The Unolok insulin syringe is a low dead space syringe. This type of syringe ensures zero wastage of the medical product and accurate dosage. Additionally, the Luer-Lok tip provides a quicker locked connection and better fitment.
Here are a few tips on how to inject insulin using a syringe:
- Use an alcohol swab to clean and disinfect the injection site. Let the area dry.
- Remove the cap that covers the needle. Pull back the plunger on the syringe to the required dose amount.
- Insert the needle through the rubber stopper on top of the insulin vial. Inject the air from your syringe into the bottle to allow the insulin to be drawn easily.
- With the needle still inserted into the vial, turn the vial upside down to let the insulin flow into the syringe as you pull back the plunger. Stop when the desired dose is reached.
- Inspect the syringe for any air bubbles. If bubbles are present, tap the syringe with your finger until the bubbles rise to the top. Slightly press the plunger to remove the air bubbles and re-examine the dose. Add more insulin to the syringe if required.
- Remove the needle from the vial.
- Pinch the site of the injection and insert the needle into your skin at a 90-degree angle. Push the plunger to deliver the insulin.
- Count to five and quickly pull out the needle. Do not rub the injection site.
- Dispose of the used syringe into a sharps container.
HMD’s Insulin Pen Needles
Several insulin pen devices are disposable and prefilled, while others can be reused by putting a new insulin cartridge. Insulin pens use pen needles for injection. Pen needles are disposable needles that are used to inject insulin. It must be noted that a new pen needle is used with every injection. Insulin pens come with a dial that enable you to set the insulin dose before injecting. The numbers are easy to see.
The Dispo Van single-use pen needles by HMD Ltd. come with extra-thin walls and a multi-bevel tapered point to minimize patient discomfort while ensuring a smooth medication delivery. They are ergonomically designed to offer the highest levels of precision. Most important, these pen needles have a universal fit design, ensuring compatibility with all Insulin Pen devices.
Here are a few important tips on using insulin pen needles:
- If using a new pen, take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before use.
- Clean the site of injection with an alcohol swab.
- Remove the insulin pen cap. Attach a new pen needle.
- Turn the dial to the required insulin dose.
- Hold the pen to the injection site. Pinch the skin at the site and swiftly press the needle into your skin at a straight, 90-degree angle.
- Gently hold the barrel of the insulin pen and press the plunger down to deliver the insulin. Wait for 10 seconds before taking the needle out of the skin.
- Twist the insulin pen needle off and discard properly in a sharps container. Place the cap back on to the pen needle device. Do NOT store the insulin pen with the needle attached.
Thus, as illustrated above, administering an insulin injection is not difficult or painful, especially with HMD’s pen needles and syringes which offer ease of handling, as well as greater patient comfort and precision.