Insulin Injection Technique in Tlemcen, the Western Region of Algeria
This study presents the second part of the results of the research on the insulin injection technique in patients in the region of Tlemcen, Algeria. The 100 patients included in the study were interviewed using the “patient” questionnaire in the Injection Technique Questionnaire (ITQ) 2016 survey and the results were compared with those of the ITQ 2016 worldwide survey. The more frequent use of injection pen needles longer than 6 mm exposes Algerian patients to the risk of IM injections and glycemic fluctuations. Hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes are more frequent among Algerians whereas DKA is as frequent as around the world. Algerian patients expose themselves and others to injuries from insulin injection devices more than the global population. That happens mainly through improper disposal of the injection equipment and using public waste bins instead of designated containers for medical waste. This second part of the Algerian study on insulin injection technique provides new information and insights into patient practices. The gaps and deficiencies observed should be corrected in the future to improve this aspect of insulin users' care management.
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