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Which Insulins Should Never Be Mixed

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Insulin Types

What Are the Different Insulin Types? Insulin Types are hormones normally made in the pancreas that stimulates the flow of sugar – glucose – from the blood into the cells of the body. Glucose provides the cells with the energy they need to function. There are two main groups of insulins used in the treatment of diabetes: human insulins and analog insulins, made by recombinant DNA technology. The concentration of most insulins available in the United States is 100 units per milliliter. A milliliter is equal to a cubic centimeter. All insulin syringes are graduated to match this insulin concentration. There are four categories of insulins depending on how quickly they start to work in the body after injection: Very rapid acting insulin, Regular, or Rapid acting insulins, Intermediate acting insulins, Long acting insulin. In addition, some insulins are marketed mixed together in different proportions to provide both rapid and long acting effects. Certain insulins can also be mixed together in the same syringe immediately prior to injection. Rapid Acting Insulins A very rapid acting form of insulin called Lispro insulin is marketed under the trade name of Humalog. A second form of Continue reading >>

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  1. luvmy2angels

    You will hardly ever hold Lantus at night due to it being long acting. You also don't ever want to mix Lantus with any other insulin. You can usually mix the short and intermediate insulins together, just remeber "clear before cloudy". There should be specific orders for each patients as when to hold the insulin as everyone is different. If i would do an accucheck and it was below 60 i would call the Dr for an order to hold the insulin. But then again that was the policy of the LTC facility that i worked in, you may not have to do that. Good Luck, it seems scary at first but you'll get the hang of it!!

  2. Virgo_RN

    We don't mix 70/30 or Lantus.

  3. blondy2061h, MSN

    70/30 can be mixed with regular. Lantus can't be mixed with anything.
    I really recommend you brush up on your understanding of insulin actions and uses and such. You probably shouldn't be holding a scheduled dose for a bg under 100, but it depends on the type of insulin.

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