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.
In health staff administering insulin to people with diabetes, what precautions should be taken to minimise their risk of needle injuries?
This clinical practice guideline is based on:
- a systematic literature search
- expert review of the evidence
- further expert review of draft recommendations in a workshop setting
- iterative consensus-forming of subsequent drafts.
Topics covered include the risks of sharps injury and muco-cutaneous exposure, the EU Directive, devices, injection techniques, education and training and creating a culture of risk awareness.
The authors state that the guidelines:
should help ensure safe, effective and largely injury-free injections and fingersticks. They will serve as the roadmap for applying the new EU Directive to diabetes care.
Users of this guidance should consider:
- Was the guidance developed in accordance with AGREE principles?
Unfortunately this guidance is not available full text online without payment or subscription.
Strauss K; WISE Consensus Group. WISE recommendations to ensure the safety of injections in diabetes. Diabetes Metab. 2012 Jan;38 Suppl 1:S2-8.