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What Is The Only Type Of Insulin That Can Be Given Intravenously?

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What Do You Know About Regular Insulin?

Just how much do you actually know about your insulin? Sadly, I am sometimes frightened about just how little some people who should know better actually know about the synthetic hormone they are injecting into their (or their child's) body. Even more troubling, however, is that when I ask them some basic questions, I am told "Oh, our CDE never told us that." There is some very rudimentary information that anyone who uses insulin (or gives it to their child) needs to know. For example, you should always check what your pharmacist has given you before using it. What do you need to look for? Simply stated: Brand, Type and Strength, and maybe expiration (although as Allie Beatty has reported, the amount of toxic preservatives in your insulin and the fact that a majority of insulin sold today was probably made over a year ago and was imported and shipped across the Atlantic does kind of mitigate this issue slightly). Insulin Is NOT A Drug, It's A Hormone For most people, insulin is a type of hormone replacement (although for others it is hormone supplementation). Insulin sold in the U.S. is 100% synthetic (not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially), and to add to the confusi Continue reading >>

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  1. cinnyb1018

    0 Hi,
    New here, LPN of 29 years and about to finish a 4 year BSN program. Work in a level 1 trauma ER.
    My question is why is regular insulin the only insulin that is given IV?

  2. chip193

    Quote from cinnyb1018
    Hi,
    New here, LPN of 29 years and about to finish a 4 year BSN program. Work in a level 1 trauma ER.
    My question is why is regular insulin the only insulin that is given IV? Think about it this way...
    Why are you giving insulin IV vs. any other route?
    IV is for fast-action to lower blood sugar. So why would you need a longer acting insulin IV?

  3. sirI, MSN, APRN

    Quote from cinnyb1018
    hi,
    new here, lpn of 29 years and about to finish a 4 year bsn program. work in a level 1 trauma er.
    my question is why is regular insulin the only insulin that is given iv?
    hello, cinnyb1018 and welcome to allnurses.com
    so good to have you with us.
    rationale for regular insulin iv: regular insulin lacks the additives that prolong action.
    please come back and post as you can. enjoy the site.:melody:

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