Infographic: Insulin pens at work

Infographic: Insulin pens at work

Juravinski Hospital is making the switch from syringes and vials to insulin pens.

This small change is making a big difference for patients with diabetes and the health care professionals that care for them.

How?

In the community, the majority of people with diabetes use an insulin pen to deliver their medication. Now that nurses at Juravinski are trained to use the devices, they can answer questions about them for patients with diabetes.

Insulin pens have also been proven to reduce a number of risks to patients. Because the needle on a pen is much shorter than a syringe it is more comfortable, and is less likely to accidentally puncture muscle. Pens are prefilled and patient specific. This reduces the risk of human error. Nurses can’t draw up the wrong type of insulin or mix incompatible insulins together.

Since making the switch to insulin pens, nurses have been able to deliver insulin more efficiently and accurately with higher patient satisfaction.

St. Peter’s Hospital and the Acute Medicine floor at Hamilton General Hospital have already made the switch to insulin pens. Over time, all of Hamilton Health Sciences will be converted.

by the numbers

Insulin pens versus syringes by the numbers

 

Insulin pen team
Part of the team that spearheaded the implementation of insulin pens at Juravinski Hospital: Dave Millar, Sue Alderson, Stuart Paavola and Lisa Maks