What is included in the patient instructions about diabetes and insulin administration?

Updated: Oct 04, 2017
  • Author: Mini A Mathew, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Patient care providers should never assume patients’ knowledge about diabetes and insulin administration.

Patients should be instructed on the following:

  • The reason for the use of insulin in his or her care

  • The different types of insulin and why they are being prescribed

  • The correct method for administration of insulin (see below)

  • The correct time to administer each type of insulin

  • A careful review of the dose of each type of insulin to be used

  • A review of side effects such as hypoglycemia

  • Instructions on how to treat hypoglycemia and what to do about the insulin following a hypoglycemic episode

  • Provider contact information for advice, if needed


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