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To maintain efficacy, insulin preparations must be stored correctly. The product literature with each product will detail the storage requirements. The following general points apply
There are a wide variety of insulin preparations and devices available. Where insulin is in use staff administering it must understand the type of preparation being used (short, medium or long acting) and know how to correctly operate the relevant delivery device.
The following general principles should be followed.
For more detailed information on the administration and use of insulin, the e-learning package Diabetes Think Check Act (5 modules) is available via learnPro
Last reviewed: 09 July 2020
Next review: 01 June 2023
Author(s): MH Safer Use of Medicines group
Approved By: PMG-MH
Reviewer Name(s): Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Effectiveness Pharmacist