Injection users are always told about the importance of site rotation to prevent hypertrophy, lipoatrophy, and lipodystrophy, which are lumps or depressions caused by excessive insulin injections in the same spot. Specific injection sites need several weeks to recover from an injection, and a good site rotation process is essential. Learning how to rotate and, more importantly, remembering previous injection locations, can be a challenge. A company in Canada has come up with a product that makes injection site rotation easy -- the Injection Locator.
The Injection Locator is made from high-quality vinyl and contains 59 holes -- two to use as alignment locators and 57 to use as potential injection sites. You place the Injection Locator over your leg, arm, abdomen, upper buttocks, or lower back (the last two with a helper) and use a pen to mark off an injection location. You remove the Injection Locator and inject. Each of the 57 site holes are numbered, so it's easy to go from one site to another. Subsequent sites are about an inch away from the previous site, as recommended by health care professionals.
The Injection Locator comes in four different editions and is priced from CDN $59.95 (about US $49.95) to CDN $89.95 (about US $74.95) and come with various accessories.
The Injection Locator is easy to use, and the instructions on the CD-ROM (which we had) are very well done. If you or your child have a hard time with injection site rotation, ask your diabetes team if the Injection Locator might be helpful.
For additional information about issues with injection therapy, see Insulin Injection Practices (Practical Diabetes Int 2000: 17(8); 252-254). For a good explanation of site rotation, see Tips For Site Rotation.
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The Injection Locator over the abdomen of an eight-year-old boy. Click for a larger view.
The Injection Locator on the right leg of an adult. Click for a larger view.
Last Updated: Monday April 11, 2005 21:26:31
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