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Good Insulin Injection Practices.

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by catherinecherub, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. Blackers183

    Blackers183 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve recently started using the 4mm needles, I bought boxes of 8mm needles years ago and let these run out before swapping to the 4mm which was a DAFNE recommendation. I’m using Lantus and Novorapid reusable cartridge pens. I’ve noticed however that with Novorapid there is always a drop of insulin left on the end of the needle, I count to 10 after the injection so I’m leaving it in long enough and I have not noticed any significant difference in BGL readings.

    Anyone else had issues with the 4mm needles?
     
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  2. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @Blackers183 ,

    Are you using a "Clik-Star" pen for Lantus & a Novopen for the bolus?
     
  3. Blackers183

    Blackers183 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m using the new AllStar Pro for Lantus which is a replacement for the Clik-Star, finding it a bit slippery to hold now using the 4mm needles though. I’m using a NovoPen 5 with the memory function.for NovoRapud insulin.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi again.. Can I ask if the "allStar pro" has a plastic assembly on the rod & ram which pushes the bung in the cartridge..

    I'm going somewhere with this. (Honest.) :)
     
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    Jenny15 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have the same issue but I asked about it in a thread and was assured that it's normal and not an issue to worry about.

    I was concerned that I wasn't getting all of the dose but after observing the needles for a while now, I think it is just additional insulin coming out after I remove the needle.

    When you do your 2u test before injecting, you'll see there's always a bubble on the tip afterwards. Shake it away, and another one appears. I think it's to do with the vacuum within the needle itself, which is a good thing because it reduces the risk of air getting in.

    I'm very new to injecting so I could be wrong on all this, mind you.
     
  6. Blackers183

    Blackers183 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The AllStar has a plastic rod and ram however it is the NovoPen that I’ve noticed the small drop of insulin at the end of the needle after injection. The NovoPen has a plastic ram but appears to be a steel rod, it’s a shiny steel colour anyway.
     
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    85percent Type 1.5 · Active Member

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    The link no longer works - for me...
     
  8. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Probably because this is a thread that was started 10-11 years ago, and even though the link looks to have been updated about 5 years ago, it probably doesn't exist anymore..
     
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  9. Ken Chuah

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    I am using 4 mm needles too since the beginning. Have not encountered any issue so far.
     
  10. Ushthetaff

    Ushthetaff Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    1st of September 1980 my introduction into the world of injecting yourself, nurse came to the side of my hospital bed , with a pre filled disposable injection ( have to be thankful for that , was glass and metal syringe when I got home ) said to me pinch your leg and put it in , and hey presto fully trained and signed off.lol .the following day I was shown how to fill the syringe .. ...........oh happy days , .
     
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