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Using An Insulin Pen

Although there are many brands and models, insulin pens can be divided into two basic types: Disposable pens, which come prefilled with insulin. As the name implies, the pen is thrown away when the insulin is used up. Reusable pens, which are loaded with a new insulin cartridge when the old one is used up. Insulin pens aren't all the same, so it's very important that you carefully read and completely understand the operating instructions for the pen that you choose. For a general idea of how pens work, here are the basic steps that are common to most models and types: Remove the pen cap. Check the insulin (amount and appearance). Clean the injection site with a BD alcohol swab. Attach the BD pen needle and remove both caps. Prime the pen. Dial the dose and inject. Remove the needle from the pen and dispose of properly. Put the cover back on the pen. Pens from different manufacturers operate differently, so it's very important that you carefully read and completely understand the operating instructions for the pen that you choose. Some of the information you should be looking for when you read the instructions: How to set your dose. What you should do if you accidentally dial too mu Continue reading >>

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  1. Kirsty Ashman

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    How long will my insulin pen last?




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    If, like most pens there are 3ml in each, one pen contains 300 units. Using 16u a day will mean that one pen lasts about 18 days. However, if you are testing and priming the pen before each use ( you should always squirt out a few units via the needle to load it and check it works before injecting) then it should last a little less time.
    To be on the safe side, so that you don't run out, I would reccomend that one pen lasts about two weeks.

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