17 Injection Aid Products
Injections may be a part of your daily life, but that doesn’t make them easy. Maybe you’d rather not see the needle. Or perhaps you’ve got dexterity issues or vision impairment. Not to worry. These tools can help make insulin injections easier and safer.
Look for these icons to help find the injection aid that is right for you:
(Icons: Blooma/Creative Market)
This small, sturdy tray firmly holds two vials of insulin. Store it in the fridge or on the counter to keep insulin organized and upright.
(Own Mumford, owenmumford.com/us)
Three versions of the Autoject 2 hide needles from users’ sight. The device, which is compatible with all BD Ultra-Fine syringes and most 0.3-, 0.5-, or 1-milliliter syringes, delivers insulin to a preset depth with a single button push. The audible indicator helps people with visual impairments know when their dose is complete.
(Pain Care Labs, buzzyhelps.com)
Buzzy’s friendly bumblebee or ladybug takes the sting out of shots with cold and vibration. (A non-animal design is also available.) A distraction pack includes information about needle phobia and distraction card sets for parents to use with nervous kids.
This product may help people with vision impairment more safely dose insulin. Count-a-Dose holds one or two vials of insulin and aligns a syringe with either vial. It clicks with each unit of insulin dosed, so you can hear how much has been drawn up. Raised dots help you feel the difference between vials.
(Diabetes Secure, diabetessecure.com)
The all-in-one DiaSecure carrying case holds diabetes supplies safely in one spot. A machine-washable plastic case has compartments for oral medications, a clip for an insulin pen, and two slots for pen needles (both new and used) to keep sharps safe. A two-pack version features different color cases to help differentiate between fast-acting and long-acting insulin.
Insert a standard insulin syringe; the needle is now hidden from view. Hold the device against your skin, push the button to insert the needle, and then push the plunger of the syringe to complete the injection. The Inject-Ease is easy to hold, making insulin injections less challenging for those with limited dexterity. The special tip is designed to reduce the pain of the injection.
(Companion Medical, companionmedical.com
Paired with a smartphone app, the InPen can calculate insulin doses, track your injections, remind you of doses, and share data with family and health care providers. The pen works with 3-milliliter Humalog and Novolog pen cartridges and delivers 0.5 to 30 units in half-unit increments. Pens are reusable and come in pink, blue, and gray. Available by prescription only, for people 12 and older.
Wear this by-prescription-only cannula to deliver insulin via insulin pen or syringe with fewer needle pricks. Here’s how it works: An introducer needle inserts the soft cannula just beneath the skin and is then removed. The device attaches to the body with adhesive. Rather than piercing skin, doses are given through the cannula. Users get three days out of a single needle prick before the site needs to be rotated.
Colorful caps identify different insulin vials and guide syringe needles into the vial. The cap makes it easier to load syringes with one hand and saves the frustration of broken needles caused by needle misalignment. Each packaged set comes with two caps.
(Diabetes Secure, diabetessecure.com)
InsulCheck is a timer that tells you when you last gave a dose of insulin. It fits securely onto an insulin pen; a large display makes it easy to see when your last injection was, and a flashing light serves as a reminder. Designs are available to fit most insulin pens, as well as the type 2 medication liraglutide (Victoza), which comes in pen form.
This syringe magnifier allows syringe users to get a better look at the numbers on the side of a syringe. It also helps people with limited dexterity when used on a tabletop. Snap an insulin vial into the Insul-eze and insert a syringe; the needle will align for easy insertion into the vial. The product can be affixed to a counter or refrigerator with Velcro or magnet to allow one-handed loading.
Fewer injections are the draw for this insulin port. A 6- or 9-millimeter cannula is inserted below the skin by a disposable insertion device and is held to the skin with adhesive. Users deliver insulin through the port via pen or syringe. After three days, the injection site is rotated and a new port is applied.
Jerry the Bear
Teach kids about managing diabetes with this 15-inch stuffed bear. They can practice checking blood glucose, using syringes or an insulin pump, and making healthy food choices, all with an interactive app that helps turn the toy into a series of learning opportunities.
This device helps guide the syringe needle into the insulin vial and makes the scale on a syringe easier to see by magnifying it 1.7 times. Fits 0.5- and 1-milliliter BD syringes.
Remove used syringe and pen needles safely and easily with this needle clipping and storage device. It can be used with 28- to 32-gauge needles that are 4 to 12.7 millimeters in length, and it stores up to 1,500 needles. Not for use with lancets.
(Regato Enterprises, securiteeblanket.com)
Like a gripper for writing utensils, the Securitee Blanket is a sleeve that fits around insulin vials to make them easier to hold and to help protect them from breaking if dropped. It comes in three sizes and a variety of colors, so you can differentiate among types of insulin.
People who find insulin injections painful or have a fear of needles can use ShotBlocker to distract their nerves from the needle. Press the flat disk’s many pokey points against the skin during an injection, and the sensation of the shot is dulled.
(Vial Safe, vialsafe.com)
This silicone protector makes insulin vials virtually impossible to break. The sleeve fits all 10-milliliter insulin vials. A window keeps the vial’s label and contents visible, and an open top allows for easy insulin withdrawal.