Monday, February 2, 2015

Survey on Insulin Pen Use in LTC

Holly Harmon 
Purdue University College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement is performing a research survey to assess the current insulin pen utilization in the long-term care setting. The usage of insulin pens versus insulin vials in the long-term care setting has been a topic of interest. Insulin pens provide perceived advantages over vials, such as decreased time to prepare the dose for administration and increased patient satisfaction.

However, due to reports of insulin pens being used on more than one patient and other errors, such as needle sticks, the benefits and risks of using insulin pens in this setting need to be evaluated. The goal of the survey is to assess the prevalence of insulin pen utilization in the long-term care setting and identify best practices to mitigate risks associated with pen utilization.

The survey can be found here:

All responses are anonymous and it should only take 5-7 minutes to complete. For any questions, please contact Katelyn E. Brown, PharmD

Medication Safety Fellow at

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