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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Press Release/Announcement

Severe hyperglycemia in patients incorrectly using insulin pens at home.

National Alert Network; NAN; Institute for Safe Medication Practices; ISMP; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; ASHP.

Care devices that enable patients to administer medicines at home can have unintended consequences. This alert raises awareness of hazards related to insulin pen misuse and offers recommendations to reduce risks, such as training patients to properly use pen needles and engaging community pharmacists in verifying that patients understand appropriate administration techniques.