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Doctor insights on: If You Accidentally Prick Yourself With A Used Insulin Needle

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

HIV: This is possible, but the needle would have had to been used by an hiv+ individual and you would then have had to have used it very shortly thereafter. If there is a major question in your mind you should be receiving prophylaxis and being tested for HIV with pcr for viral rna. Go and see someone with expertise in this area. Good luck and hope all is well.

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Is there a form of insulin delivery that does not require needles?

Not available: Currently Insulin can only be delivered with a needle. Companies are working on an Insulin patch on the skin, nasal inhaled insulin, but these are not yet available. Previous attempts to use inhaled Insulin into the lungs resulted in lung damage. 99.9% of people have no problem injecting Insulin with a needle since needles are so small, they are virtually painless. Try it once and you will see.

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How do you inject insulin from a needle?

How do you inject insulin from a needle?

Insulin syringes: You require special graduated Insulin needles, they are designed to accurately measure the units of Insulin you require. You wipe the top with alcohol draw back what you need wipe the skin and inject the tiny Insulin needle into the fatty layer of your skin Simple almost painless

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I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

Yes: You still have to insert the pump once every 3 days (for most pump) so you will still have to "inject/poke" yourself once every 3 days but that's better than injecting 3-4x daily. On the pump, you will still have to check blood sugar like before, if not more.

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Do you need a prescript to buy insulin needles here in north america?

Do you need a prescript to buy insulin needles here in north america?

Generally not: But it varies from pharmacy to pharmacy and also on-line.

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How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

Varies by location: Laws for safe needle disposal vary by state, county, or city. Check with your diabetes educator or doctor. You can also google "needle disposal" followed by your state/city. Basically, dispose of these needles the same way you would dispose of syringes.

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Is it possible for you to use insulin needles for vitamin b12?

Not usually: Insulin needles are small in bore and short since Insulin is given into the subcutaneous (subq) tissue. B12 is given into muscle so the needle bore is also small but the length is longer to reach the muscle which is below the subq area. In general then, Insulin needles are not long enough to reach the correct depth for injection of b12.

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Is it bad that blood got out after injecting an insulin needle

Is it bad that blood got out after injecting an insulin needle

Generally no: Drop of blood may be from hitting a capillary but continued bleeding is likely from hitting a vein or artery. Injecting into a vein or artery can cause sudden drop of sugar leading to dizziness, nausea, sweating, blacking out - if you feel these then take some sweet juice or candy and make sure someone knows what you may have done - or call doctors/ems.

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How long before technology advances to the point where diabetics do not need to use needles to get insulin?

How long before technology advances to the point where diabetics do not need to use needles to get insulin?

Artificial pancreas: Many top research groups have been working on a so-called artificial pancreas. On dec. 2, 2011, some national publications announced that the fda will expedite the process to get the devices developed for certain patients: http://yourlife. Usatoday. Com/health/story/2011-12-02/fda-speeds-development-of-artificial-pancreas-systems/51579288/1 a draft was also released by the fda for comment.

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Can I get HIV or HCV from dirty insulin needles?

Can I get HIV or HCV from dirty insulin needles?

Sharing?: Sharing needles with other people will certainly place you at risk for any disease like hepatitis or hiv. If you mean that you're reusing your own needles then the answer is no. Using dirty needles will leave you vulnerable to other potentially awful bacterial infections, however. Once used, needle should be thrown away and not reused.

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I had a needle stick at work and needle stick after giving insulin Person has history of Herpes simlex?

I had a needle stick at work and needle stick after giving insulin Person has history of Herpes simlex?

Was event reported?: First, your place of employment should have a standard needlestick protocol. Any place that provides healthcare and utilizes needles should have a guideline or procedure for event response. Regarding herpes simplex, unless you are placing injections in the oral or genital region, the risk is very low of contracting HSV infection as a result of the stick. You should be safe with that regard.

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Is it safe to use your diabetic needle twice when your injecting two different insulin's at the same time?

Is it safe to use your diabetic needle twice when your injecting two different insulin's at the same time?

Not recommended: Once the needle goes through your skin, two things happen. First, it gets dull. Little bits of metal stick out, so the needle causes more pain with later injections, and the metal bits can break off under the skin causing soreness. Additionally, the needle can pick up bacteria from the skin, and when you insert the needle into the Insulin vial, contaminate the Insulin with bacteria.

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Osteoarthritis in hands, no longer can grip and push an insulin needle. What do I do now?

Osteoarthritis in hands, no longer can grip and push an insulin needle. What do I do now?

Arthritis: Initially you can try NSAIDs like Motrin, a joint supplement like glucosamine and maybe an arthritis cream. Next step would be an X-ray of your hands

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I was prescribed intramuscular vitamins and given insulin syringes and told to inject into the glutes. I don't think the needle reaches the muscle. Will it still work if it goes into fat?

I was prescribed intramuscular vitamins and given insulin syringes and told to inject into the glutes. I don't think the needle reaches the muscle. Will it still work if it goes into fat?

Yes, but ask 4 longer: Yes, it should still work, but it would be better to inject into muscle. I usually use one and a half inch long (but thin like 27 guage) needles to inject into muscle. You can also inject into the back of your upper arm where there is less fat between the muscle and skin so that your current needles will reach muscle. Ask your doc for longer needles!

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Diabetes insulin. Any alternative for the needles insulin?

Diabetes insulin. Any alternative for the needles insulin?

Insulin: If you have type 1 diabetes, you need insulin, which can be from injections or the pump that is placed inside you. Type 2 diabetes is from Insulin resistance and can be treated with oral medication and as that fails, you will need diabetes. The pump is an option, pancreatic transplants in certain candidates is another option.

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Should I get tested if I accidentally pricked myself with my sister's insulin shot?

Should I get tested if I accidentally pricked myself with my sister's insulin shot?

Maybe not: We often worry about transmission of diseases such as HIV or hepatitis with needle sticks, but if u know your sister does not have these then testing is useless. Beyond that, a simple needle/lancet prick would not cause you harm--your sister does that every day. If you are still concerned, consult doc. Good luck.

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How common is exposure to HCV from accidental needle pricks?

How common is exposure to HCV from accidental needle pricks?

Hep C exposure: In hospitals, accidental needle sticks are becoming less common, but in the community, the number is probably rising due to the increasing incidence of opiate addiction. If you get stuck by a needle, you should contact your doctor to see if you need to do any testing. Good luck.