Changing practice for safe insulin administration

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Abstract

Errors in insulin administration are common and can cause harm and even death. An audit aimed to standardise insulin syringe storage and labelling to improve safety

Reid A (2012) Changing practice for safe insulin administration. Nursing Times; 108: 10, 22-26. Insulin is a life-saving medication but, if wrongly administered, it can cause death or severe harm. Errors in insulin administration are common, including the inappropriate use of intravenous syringes.

We surveyed all clinical areas in our trust to identify types of syringes and needles available and how these were stored and distinguished from IV syringes. Based on these results, we developed recommendations to promote safety and good practice and are standardising insulin syringes throughout the trust.

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