Why an Insulin Safety Center?
The Insulin Safety Center is a unique resource dedicated entirely to medication error prevention with the use of insulin.
Insulin is an essential and lifesaving drug safely used by millions of Americans every year. Insulin enables individuals with diabetes to lead a healthy lifestyle. However, insulin use is associated with some risks and any misuse can cause harm or even death.
Insulin is considered a "high-alert medication" by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. High alert medications have been proven to be safe and effective when taken according to instructions approved by your healthcare provider. But, they are more likely to cause injury or even death if a mistake happens while taking them. This means that it is critically important for you to know about this medicine and how to take it exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider or explained to you by your pharmacist.
In addition to insulin being considered a high-alert medication, insulin has also been known to be associated with more medication errors than most other medicines. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices performed a safety study on drug use in hospitals and found that 11% of all serious drug errors involved insulin misadministration. Another recent study at four U.S.A. poison centers looked at calls taken over the past 10 years. They found that calls about insulin concerns have "skyrocketed." On average, the number of calls per year has almost tripled since 2002.
This Insulin Safety Center is a great place to access information regarding all aspects of safe insulin use. Here you will learn all about the most frequent types of errors associated with insulin use. In addition, you will see how these errors can occur and what you and your caregivers can do to prevent them from happening to you.