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How often do u change needles for ur pen ?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by miszu, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. miszu

    miszu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was told to change it after every 9-12 injections, but is it necessary ? I change every second day just so its new and clean and nice.
     
  2. hurf0rd

    hurf0rd Parent · Active Member

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    We're talking about injecting insulin, right? I use a new needle every time, twice a day. The needles are BD Autoshield, which are single use by the manufacturer's design.

    I'm a bit inconsistent, because the lancet I use for pricking/testing, I only change about once a month, although I test myself once a day.
     
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  3. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    I changed my needle when it hurts or the preset stream goes in all different directions.

    Lancet, when it hurt and I can't get blood
     
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  4. db89

    db89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the needle maximum a few times. I know you are supposed to change after every use but they work fine 1-2 times more. The design of the caps for my needles prevents you from putting the lid back on the pen so I remove it for practicality as the cap can be dislodged whilst travelling exposing the needle.
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Like @Kristin251. Had one box of lancets since 2014 and still 3/4 full!!

    Not had a prescription of needles for 21/2 years now.. box still over half full.
     
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    luceeloo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And here's me feeling like a dirt-bag if I run short of needles and have to reuse on once!
     
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  7. miszu

    miszu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Okay, Im not worried then. Seems its all different for everyone, but one for sure if it hurts or anything change. Good. Thank u everyone ! ;)

    @luceeloo Lol. The things we do to survive !
     
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  8. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Before moving to a pump I was using a new needle with each injection.
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    I dont understand you actually being advised to use 9-10 times though by @miszu.. normally health people insist needles are changed every time...
     
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  10. miszu

    miszu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @donnellysdogs In hosp they told me so... Well, I make sure to change every second day, but sometimes more. I disinfect the area Im injecting every time so I dont know if thats enough...? Maybe Im a dirtbag too ... ? Jk, really dont know how its suppossed to be, thats why Im asking. And thank u all for answering !
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Gosh, honestly. I've had mord than10 hospitals in 30+ years (3 in last 3 years) and I have never heard a nurse or Consultant say to re-use!

    I do actually agree with your hospital!

    I'll have to look up the official NICE guidelines now. Perhaps they have changed??

    Honestly, I must use one needle for at least 30 times. I do change my insulin vials every month even if they arent empty....so I change needles then, but some like my Novorapid I do at least 4 small injections a day. My Insulatard injection is only 1-2 units at 4am and this is the one that gets a guaranteed 28-31 uses. I change that needle and vial on 1st of each month. My treaiba inection is also the same change each month.

    I think I must also join you in the dirtbag!!
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Quite surprised they said this to you @miszu , usually they are quick to remind patients that the pen needles are for single-use only.

    I think as someone who is new to diabetes it would be a good to get into the habit of changing your needle more regularly......even if you don't do it after every injection (I'm speaking as someone who's had lipohypertrophy issues before as I once re-used needles myself, especially when first diagnosed as the practice was actively encouraged then by HCP's).
     
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  14. derry60

    derry60 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    When I do my BG test I change the needle every time. The instructions tell me to in the handbook that came with the pen
     
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    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When I found out that reusing needle tips was a major cause of lipohypertrophy I started changing them every time.
     
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  16. miszu

    miszu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Okay well, been diabetic for almost a year now but I never thought about this needle thing until I saw someone here saying that a box of 100 would last 2 years. So Im happy I asked. I ll try to change them more often, takes no time anyway ! Thanks. X
     
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