Reusing the needles for the insulin pens?

By EJMac Latest Reply 2011-10-28 21:46:52 -0500
Started 2011-10-27 10:00:58 -0500

Seems so wasteful to use the needles only once? I am one to follow the rules by often thought it might be OK as long as I don't use the needles for both kinds of insulin. Reuse the Lantus one only for Lantus injections; humalog one for humalog only???

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Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-28 21:46:52 -0500 Report

Are you talkin about pen needles or syringes?
If syringes, reuse them without fear.
If needles for a pen, the only drawback poined out for not reusing needles is that you might not get the correct number of units. This is due to the fact that air might be sucked into the needle between injection and be delivered as part of the insulin dosage and therfore you will receive less insulin then dialed. Sounds good bur it doesn't take into account that you do an air shot before dialing the correct dosage and injecting. Starting in November I will be using a pen for my three daily Novolog injections and I will reuse the needles.
I curently reuse my syringes. One for Novolog and one for lantus. I keep the cap over the needles on both and I keep the cap on the plunger end to identify my Lantus syringe.

kdroberts 2011-10-28 21:10:33 -0500 Report

That's what I do. Lantus can't be mixed so you have to keep that separate but your plan is sound. There is a study posted in another discussion that shows that in 560,000 injections with people using a needle for 41 injections on average, there were no infections.

GabbyPA 2011-10-28 09:27:39 -0500 Report

As long as you don't cross them, you should be fine. A lot of folks use them until it hurts to inject and then change them out.

Type1Lou 2011-10-27 12:34:06 -0500 Report

Prior to going on the pump in August, I took a minimum of 4 shots a day: one of Lantus and pre-meal Novolog. You're right about not mixing the syringes for the different insulins. Lantus cannot be mixed with other insulins. I would re-use my NovolLog syringe from 4 to 20 times and never had any problems. I've been on insulin for 35+ years. I think the health professionals frown upon our re-using the syringes and lancets because of the threat of lawsuits should any type of infection arise. In today's litigious society, I don't blame them, but I also disregarded their advice to not reuse my syringes/needles and lancets and have not suffered any adverse effects..

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