Guidance on improving staff safety in injecting insulin.

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This new guidance has been developed by the European Medical Association to assist health care staff in minimising risk from injecting insulin for diabetes patients, principally through blood exposure. Clinical question: In health staff administering insulin to people with diabetes, what precautions should be taken to minimise their risk of needle injuries? The evidence This [read the full story…]

5mm needles may be as good as 8mm for obese patients with type 1 diabetes or type 2 on insulin

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Clinical question: In obese people (BMI ≥30kg/m2) with diabetes who inject insulin, are 5mm needles, as compared to 8mm, effective at maintaining glycaemic control and acceptable to patients? Methods: Randomised crossover trial with six months duration, N=130.    Glycaemic control was measured by HbA1c, fructosamine and 1,5-anhydroglucitol.  Patient preferences were measured with a visual analog pain [read the full story…]