I have been reading posts here lately, telling others to use an alcohol swab on the bottle of insulin before using. I haven't done this in years. I think I read at one time that this is not necessary, and stopped doing it. Any ideas on this subject?
Well, I'm Diabetic 42 years and have been taking insulin shots since day one and I probably used alcohol both on the bottle and injection site, maybe a year, if even that. I take roughly 4 shots daily and NEVER, EVER use alcohol. Bad or not - it works for me. I think if you're not having any problems not using alcohol - go for it. All it is is another expense anyway. Good luck
Good. I don't feel so guilty about not swabbing anything! I was always self-conscious about checking my glucose in front of nurses and drs because it may seem unsanitary. I don't change lancets very often either. Maybe I should, though.
When my daughter was dx'ed with T1 4 years ago the hospital told me that I should swab the top right before the first use, but I didn't have to do it after that. Which I thought was weird. There must be something about the manufacture/shipping/storage of the insulin they're worried about.
Hi Laura. I follow that procedure pretty much; that is, I swab any bottle, insulin or B12, when I first open it. Sometimes I swab the insulin bottle about two week's into it's use on MDI, just for good measure. Any time I do an infusion, I swab the insulin bottle. This has worked for me over the years.
I have never swabbed my insulin bottle, starting in spring of 1982. Never had an infection at injection site or at pump insertion site since 2001. I have always kept my current bottle of insulin at room temp, whether summer or winter. Never had a bottle of insulin 'go bad.' I used the beef/pork and then Humalog since some time in the 90's.
I used to swab the bottle, now I don't. After reading so many people on this site saying they didn't and nothing ever happened. I never swabbed my skin, too drying and I shower everyday, so it is clean. I do keep swabs near my testing area and use a swab if some blood oozes out after the shot.
I do swab my site before insertion, then use the same swab to swipe over the site I just took out. I tested and, of course, stuck my finger in my mouth in front of my endo and he just grinned. Don't refrigerate my open bottle of novalog either - I'm too lazy to wait for it to warm up when I need it!
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