Insulin pens offer convenience in insulin administration, being portable and requiring minimal setup compared to vials and syringes. Long-acting options like Lantus SoloStar, Levemir FlexPen, and Tresiba FlexTouch, along with fast-acting pens such as Humalog KwikPen and NovoLog FlexPen, exemplify this. Smart insulin pens integrate technology, aiding with dosage suggestions and sharing trends.
Prepare: Wash your hands with soap and water. Gather your insulin pen, a new pen needle, and an alcohol swab.
Check Insulin: Check the insulin in the pen to ensure it matches your prescribed type and dose. Make sure it’s not expired and appears clear without any particles.
Prime the Pen (if necessary): Some pens require priming before the first use or if it hasn’t been used for a while. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prime the pen.
Attach the Needle: Twist on a new needle securely onto the pen. Remove the needle cap, being careful not to touch the needle.
Remove Air Bubbles: Hold the pen with the needle pointing up and tap the cartridge gently to make any air bubbles rise to the top. Press the dose button and release until a drop of insulin appears at the needle tip.
Choose Injection Site: Common injection sites include the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. Clean the chosen area with an alcohol swab and let it dry.
Inject Insulin: Pinch a fold of skin at the injection site and insert the needle at a 90-degree angle (or as instructed by your healthcare provider). Push the dose button to inject the insulin slowly and steadily.
Hold: Keep the needle in place for a few seconds after injecting to ensure all insulin is delivered.
Remove Needle: Remove the needle from the skin and safely dispose of it in a sharps container.
Check Dose: Check the dose window on the pen to confirm you’ve received the correct amount of insulin.
Store Pen: Store the pen according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually at room temperature, away from direct heat and sunlight.
A diabetic pen, also known as an insulin pen, is a device designed to help individuals with diabetes manage their condition by administering insulin. Insulin pens are portable, easy-to-use devices that provide a convenient way to deliver insulin subcutaneously (under the skin). They come prefilled with insulin or use replaceable cartridges and are used to inject insulin for both mealtime and basal insulin needs. Insulin pens offer benefits such as ease of use, accuracy in dosing, and convenience for individuals who require insulin therapy as part of their diabetes management plan.
Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and the specific guidelines provided with your insulin pen. If you have any questions or concerns about administering insulin, consult your healthcare provider or a diabetes educator.