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Volume 33, Number 3, pages 19-21

Insulin Injection Technique for Adults and Children with Diabetes

Nadia Shaikh, Pharm.D., Jennifer Goldman-Levine, Pharm.D., C.D.E, B.C.-A.D.M., F.C.C.P

Most of the literature for insulin injection—a task that millions of people with diabetes perform at least once a day—focuses on the safety, efficacy, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of insulin itself, rather than on subcutaneous delivery. However, proper injection technique is critical for the optimal control of diabetes. This article reviews such factors for insulin injection as needle size, absorption, site rotation, special considerations, and the role of the health-care professional.

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