Insulin Handling

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 06/23/2010

A Good insulin care starts with how properly the insulin is stored. Insulin does not work to its level when it is stored for too long or is exposes to extreme temperatures both high and very low.

How do you store Insulin?

If you buy several bottles of insulin at once possibly money saver pack, keep the unopened pack in refrigerator but not in a freezer, because insulin clumps.

If you have the insulin needed for a month is a whole bottle, then keep the bottle currently in use is at room temperature. It will be fresh for up to a month without need for refrigeration, as long as the room temperature is under 86 deg F(32 deg C).

Although manufacturers recommend storing your insulin in the refrigerator, injecting cold insulin can be painful. To counter that, many providers recommend storing the bottle of insulin you are using at room temperature.

Inspect stored Insulin before open the pack

Every time before open a new bottle check the date, if it is past that date, do not use it.

In addition, examine the bottle closely to make sure it looks normal before you draw the insulin into the syringe. If you use regular, insulin aspart, insulin lispro, insulin glargine, insulin glulisine, or insulin detemir, make sure it is clear. Check for particles or discoloration of the insulin. If you find any of these in your insulin, do not use it, and return the unopened bottle to the pharmacy for exchange or refund.