Insulin Safety Tips

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 01, 2012

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For managing diabetes, injecting insulin is often needed by diabetics on a regular basis. You should make sure that due precaution is taken in using and storing the insulin shot. These tips should be a part of your diabetes treatment basics.


Some tips on storing insulin to ensure convenient and safe use are given here:


  • Keep your insulin in safe storage. Your extra bottles should always be kept in the fridge. They should never be exposed to extremes of temperatures, neither too hot nor too cold. Your insulin should not be placed under direct sunlight or in the freezer. 
  • The general shelf life of your insulin bottle after it has been opened is 28 days. However, some insulin cartridges expire within 10 days after opening if kept in room temperature. So, you need to be careful and follow the instructions of your doctor.
  • Before opening a bottle, you must make sure that it is within its expiry date. Do not use, or rather buy an insulin bottle if it is past the expiry date. 
  • You may want to keep one bottle of insulin in room temperature while keeping the others in fridge. This is because having an injection with cold insulin can make the experience much more painful. 
  • If you happen to buy more than one bottle, it is important that they are kept in the refrigerator, to be taken out when you want to inject them. 
  • Always cross-check twice before buying your insulin to ensure that you have taken the correct one. 
  • It is advisable that you use a syringe for your long-acting insulin but an insulin pen for the short-acting insulin. 
  • To avoid confusion between the two types of insulin, label the insulin vials with tapes of different colours. The short-acting insulin and long-acting insulin should be taped with different colours. 
  • If you want to reuse your syringes, do so with utmost of caution to avoid contamination. Make sure the syringe is capped after every use. You can use your own syringe more than once but never use anyone else’s. To ensure ease in use of syringes, clean it with alcohol after every use to allow the needle to slide in easily.


By following the tips to manage your insulin safety, you can be rest assured of managing your diabetes safely. It would be as important as being conscious of taking your insulin or other medication on time to ensure that your insulin is stored and used in a hygienic and infection-free manner. Go over these tips and make sure you follow each one of them for complete insulin safety.


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