Published on 20 October 2015

The latest information on injection technique for people with diabetes has been published by the Forum for Injection Technique UK (FIT).

The third edition of the Injection Technique Recommendations is now available as a free download and includes contributions from more than 65 clinical experts, along with figures from the latest research studies and all new imagery and graphics.

The guide offers the most up to date and comprehensive clinical guidance for all aspects of diabetes injection technique over the past two years compiled by the FIT Board, made up of experienced diabetes specialist nurses and infection control and prevention specialists.

The FIT UK Board sought the widest possible consensus in the development of these recommendations and consulted a broad range of clinical experts.  

Insulin injection pen.

Each section within the new recommendations has been thoroughly reviewed and updated, with highlights including a focus on the screening, prevention and management of lipohypertrophy (when fatty lumps appear on the surface of the skin in places where insulin is regularly injected) and detailed information on intramuscular risk and optimal injection technique.

The recommendations also provide dedicated guidance on safety and include a hand hold guide for complying with the EU Safety directive, risk assessment tools and comprehensive guidance on how to implement safety engineered devices to both reduce the risk to healthcare workers and provide people with diabetes the best care possible.

Debbie Hicks, Nurse Consultant – Diabetes (Chair) at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and Chair of the FIT UK Board, said: “The FIT Injection Technique Recommendations 3rd Edition has been influenced by all recent, relevant research into diabetes and injection technique and so offers the most up to date guidance on improving the health outcomes of people with diabetes through good injection technique. We have also had contributions from clinical specialists from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so there has been consensus on these guidelines from all over the UK. The recommendations are now available to download free from the FIT UK website, so I encourage anyone involved in diabetes care to visit the FIT UK website.”  

The FIT team said they hoped the new guidance could offer significantly improved health outcomes for people with diabetes, and possibly result in lower burdens for health providers in terms of emergency costs, unplanned hospital admissions, lower insulin usage and reduced risk of long-term complications.

Download the FIT Injection Technique Recommendations 3rd Edition here
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