One of the many uses of a BD conventional syringe
is to administer medication, like insulin, for instance. Both diabetics and their caregivers
know that there are certain precautions that have to be taken to ensure that syringes are being employed correctly and the insulin administered properly. Insulin is usually stored in the fridge, but some people may not know that this may contribute to the injections being painful. Some people may blame the needle or the syringe for this, while others may simply accept it as a fact of treatment. There may be a way around it though.
The solution is simple; just keep the bottle you’re currently using at room temperature-where it will remain usable for up to a month, provided that it is not directly exposed to sunlight and extreme heat, or kept in a car’s glove compartment.
At the same time, you may keep spare bottles in the refrigerator (just not in the freezer though). To make sure that the insulin is still good before drawing it into the syringe, check the expiration date, and look for particles or discoloration if you use regular insulin, and for frosting or crystals on the inside of the bottle and clumps in the insulin, if you use lente.
The usual cycle of a syringe is use-discard. Nevertheless, some people may add an inter-phase called re-use. This is not very widely recommended at all, and manufacturers do not guarantee the safety of previously used syringes
. The main reasons for reusing syringes would be to economize and to reduce waste. The first thing you must do before ever even considering re-using syringes is to talk to your doctor. If the decision were made that it is a viable option, remember to keep the needle from touching anything that is not clean skin and the top of the insulin bottle, and capping it after each and every single use. Also, refrain from sharing needles, and abstain from insulin syringe re-use if you’re ill, have open wounds on the hands, or are not resistant to infection.
A syringe should not be used again if the needle bends or becomes blunt. In general it’s best to stick to the use-discard cycle though, just to be on the safe side. And speaking of safety, make sure to dispose of needles and syringes according to the rules for discarding medical waste of the area where you live. Ask your doctor about the most appropriate way of getting rid of insulin syringes and needles.
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