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Journal Article

Determining current insulin pen use practices and errors in the inpatient setting.

Brown KE, Hertig JB. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2016;42:568-AP7.

Medication errors related to insulin use are common. This survey study sought to characterize current insulin pen use and associated safety issues in the inpatient setting. Investigators found that insulin pens are widely utilized, but safety issues—such as using the same pen on multiple patients—persist. The authors suggest that further research is needed regarding how to mitigate risks associated with insulin pen use.