Best practice injection technique for children and young people with diabetes
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Best practice injection technique for children and young people with diabetes

Carole Gelder Children’s diabetes nurse specialist, Leeds, a lecturer in diabetes, University of York, Forum for Injection Technique UK board

It is important to assess regularly how young patients use injectables and care for injection sites to prevent the short- and long-term consequences of poor glycaemic control, says Carole Gelder

Children and young people who manage diabetes with injection therapy are at risk of using a poor technique. This may have serious consequences, including poor glycaemic control, leading to the longer term complications of diabetes. The Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) is an international body that promotes best practice in injection technique. This article summarises the forum’s UK-specific guidance, with particular reference to the nursing care of children and young people with diabetes. The FIT UK board, of which the author is a member, consists of experienced diabetes specialist nurses.

Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 7, 32-36. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.26.7.32.e458

Correspondence

carole.gelder@leedsth.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 October 2013

Accepted: 16 April 2014

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