Diabetes Forecast

18 Products to Aid in Injecting Insulin

The latest accessories can make delivering insulin a little easier

By Lindsey Wahowiak , ,

For many people with diabetes, taking shots is a daily fact of life. Thankfully, new products are available to take the worry (and the ouch) out of injections. If you fear needles, find injections extra painful, or have vision impairment or dexterity issues, read on for some useful tools to help you treat your diabetes.

Ambi-Tray (AmbiMed, ambimedinc.com)
A small tray that firmly holds two vials of insulin, Ambi-Tray keeps insulin organized and upright.

Autoject 2 (Owen Mumford, owenmumford.com/us)
“Out of sight, out of mind” is the name of the game with this product, which shields users from seeing needles. Working with all BD Ultra-Fine syringes and most 0.3-, 0.5-, or 1-milliliter syringes, the Autoject 2 delivers insulin to a preset depth with the push of a button. And with audible and visual cues, users can ensure insulin is delivered correctly.
[Anxiety] [Vision Impairment]

Buzzy (MMJ Labs, buzzyhelps.com)
This smiling, vibrating bug can dull the feeling of a needle when held to the skin before an injection. Buzzy comes in two sizes, and in bumblebee, ladybug, and plain black styles.
[Pain relief]

Prodigy Count-a-dose (Prodigy, prodigymeter.com)
Holding one vial of insulin or two, Count-a-dose makes it easier for people with vision impairments to safely measure insulin doses. The device aligns a syringe with either vial and clicks with each unit of insulin drawn. Raised dots help differentiate between bottles.
[Vision Impairment]

DiaSecure (Diabetes Secure, diabetessecure.com)
An all-in-one diabetes management carrying case, DiaSecure has compartments for oral medications, a clip for an insulin pen, plus two separate slots for pen needles (a spot for new, and a spot for used) to keep sharps secured. Bonus: The plastic case is machine-washable.
[Organization] [Safety]

Inject-Ease (AmbiMed, ambimedinc.com)
Designed to be easier to grip than a syringe alone, Inject-Ease works by inserting a typical loaded syringe into the device. One touch of a button inserts the needle into your skin while hiding it from view.
[Dexterity] [Anxiety]

Insuflon (Intrapump, intrapump.com)
For folks who must take multiple daily injections, Insuflon is a prescription-only soft cannula that users can wear to deliver their insulin via regular needles or insulin pens. It requires an introducer needle and is good for three days before sites need to be rotated. The result: Only one needle prick every three days, instead of multiple injections each day.
[Pain relief] [Anxiety]

Insul-Eze (AmbiMed, ambimedinc.com)
This syringe magnifier snaps securely to most brands and models, making it easier to see and accurately dose insulin and other medications. Insul-Eze has a flat base— reducing the chance of syringes rolling away and breaking—and can be attached to a flat surface with Velcro or a magnet, so it can be loaded one-handed.
[Vision Impairment] [Dexterity]

Insul-Cap (AmbiMed, ambimedinc.com)
A two-pack of these colorful insulin vial caps can help you tell your long- and short-acting insulin apart with just a glance. Because Insul-Cap holds a vial in place for you, it allows users to draw insulin into a syringe with one hand.
[Vision Impairment] [Dexterity]

i-Port Advance (Medtronic, i-port.com)
This injection port is a solution for people who hate needles. It attaches to the skin with adhesive and, via an introducer needle, inserts a flexible cannula below the skin. This allows users to inject into the i-Port Advance itself, so a syringe or pen needle never touches their bodies. The port lasts for three days, leading to significantly fewer skin piercings.
[Anxiety] [Pain relief]

Jerry the Bear (Sproutel, jerrythebear.com)
Jerry the Bear, a stuffed animal and interactive toy that teaches children about diabetes management, is redesigned for 2017. Jerry works with a mobile app that allows kids to practice their own diabetes care by checking his blood glucose, feeding him, and administering insulin.
[Anxiety] [Education]

Magni-Guide (BD, bd.com)
The Magni-Guide is two devices in one: a magnifier and needle guide. Users connect a vial of insulin and syringe to the device, making both easier to hold—and the scale on the syringe easier to see, thanks to the 1.7 magnification. Note that Eli Lilly vials fit the Magni-Guide best, while other brands may be loose or tight, which can cause the device to crack.
[Vision Impairment] [Dexterity]

Safe Shot (Borin-Halbich, borinhalbich.com)
The Safe Shot infusion device ensures accurate delivery of insulin by helping you draw the same dose each time. Users can set the device once, and then maintain the same dose with subsequent vials and syringes. Available in three colors.
[Vision Impairment] [Dexterity]

Securitee Blanket (Regato Enterprises, securiteeblanket.com)
The Securitee Blanket is a soft yet strong sleeve that slips over an insulin vial to make it easier to hold and to protect it in case it’s dropped. It comes in three sizes and a variety of colors to differentiate among types of insulin.
[Vision Impairment] [Dexterity] [Safety]

ShotBlocker (Bionix, bionix.com)
Pain and anxiety associated with needles can be dulled with the ShotBlocker. It’s a plastic disk with blunt points that, when pushed against the skin, send a sensory overload to the nerves so the pinch of an injection is dulled.
[Pain relief] [Anxiety]

Tartoos (Visual Medical, myvisualmedical.com)
For help rotating injection sites—and a little flair, too—there are Tartoos, targeted temporary tattoos. Twenty images on a small sheet are transferred to a person’s abdomen or other injection site. Giving a dose? Antiseptic wipes or soap and water will remove the “tattoo” over the injection site, so users will know not to inject there next time. Designs available for injections as well as insulin pumps.

Vial Safe (Vial Safe, vialsafe.com)
Developed by a person with type 2 diabetes, Vial Safe is a silicone cover that slips over insulin vials to make them easier to hold—and harder to break. Comes in two different designs, and between them they fit over all 10 milliliter brands and bottles, and have a window that keeps the bottle’s label visible so you can differentiate between different insulins. Available in single or double packs.
[Dexterity] [Safety]

Keep Your Cool

Do you worry about your insulin getting too warm or cold? Med Angel could set your mind at ease. Sensors placed in the same container as your medications send real-time temperature updates via Bluetooth to your Apple or Android devices on the MedAngel One app when you’re nearby. Learn more at medangel.co.



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