FIT UK releases new set of six ‘Golden Rules’ on diabetes injection technique

The Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) UK, which provides evidence-based best practice recommendations on diabetes injection technique, has published the latest edition of its UK Injection and Infusion Technique Recommendations, including for the first time a new set of six ‘Golden Rules’.

The UK Injection and Infusion Technique Recommendations 4th Edition covers key aspects of injection technique such as the importance of using short pen needles, recommended injection sites, and how to avoid lipohypertrophy (a thickened, ‘rubbery’ lesion associated with factors such as incorrect rotation of sites and needle reuse), as well as guidance on the psychological challenges of injections, therapeutic education, and injection safety.

Included in the document are a new set of key ‘Golden Rules’ on:

  1. Psychological issues around insulin therapy and administration
  2. Injection technique in adults
  3. Injection technique in children and young people
  4. Treating and preventing lipohypertrophy
  5. Insulin infusion technique
  6. Needlestick injuries and sharps disposal

These ‘Golden Rules’ have also been published as a separate booklet and are designed as an easy to read reminder of best practice injection technique to help clinicians care for people with diabetes that use injectable therapies throughout the UK.

Debbie Hicks, FIT UK Board Chair, comments:

For those people with diabetes using injectable therapies, best practice injection technique is a crucial element of condition management as it is essential for therapies to achieve their optimal effect. Poor technique can lead to injectable therapies being absorbed in an unpredictable manner, and immediate problems such as hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia may result. In the longer term, poor glycaemic control can increase the risk of complications including kidney failure, blindness and limb amputation.

Best practice injection technique has the ability to reduce hypoglycaemic episodes…

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