Protect Your Syringe Diabetic From Breaking

Taking care of your diabetic syringes and equipment

Learning to deal with a life-changing illness can be difficult emotionally and physically. But, you can make the transition a little bit easier by learning about a few basic skills so you ensure your family and neighborhood pets will not be exposed to potentially harmful medication. Taking extra steps to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you is very important. But, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few easy ways you can make sure you are safe when you take, store and dispose of your diabetic supplies.

Storage of new syringes and medication: Most diabetics purchase a lot of insulin syringes for sale. Purchasing the syringes in bulk saves time and money. However, that means you will have a supply of needles and possibly insulin-filled needles (if you buy prefilled syringes) around your home. It’s easy to drop or misplace needles if you aren’t prepared. Taking a few minutes to organize an area for your diabetic supplies will make staying safe much easier.

Take basic precautions by storing the syringes and any medication out of the reach of small children. In most cases your insulin will need to be refrigerated. Consider purchasing a refrigerator lock if you have small kids, this will prevent them from sneaking into the fridge and your medication.

You can store unfilled syringes in a lockbox or on a high shelf. Consider using an old laundry detergent barrel or other plastic container stored in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom where you can easily access it when it’s time for your injection.

Disposal of syringes: After you have 1 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” diabetic insulin syringes, you need to dispose of them properly. Discarding used syringes can protect others from transmitting diseases. Additionally you can protect animals or pets that may dig in your garbage if you follow proper protocol for getting rid of your used insulin syringes.

Every year more than 1 million syringes are used by diabetics all over the United States. This could mean a lot of extra waste for the landfill. Fortunately there are alternatives to tossing the used syringes in the garbage can. Before you take your first shot, keep these simple ideas in mind:

Find a sealable container: It’s much easier and less time consuming to dispose of a bundle of used syringes at once. Find a puncture-proof container, like a plastic soap bucket or Tupperware bowl with a sealable lid. Immediately after use, replace the cap on your syringe and toss the used needle into the sealable container. You can dispose of the needles in the garbage by sealing the container with duct tape and marking “Do not recycle” on the top.

Find a local or mail-in disposal site:  Syringe needles cannot be recycled, but there are companies that can properly dispose of the needles in bulk. Talk to your doctor to find out if they know of area collection sites for used needles. You can also participate in a mail-in program. For a small fee you will receive a sealable container in the mail. Once it’s full you ship it out for disposal.

Disposal of expired or unused insulin: When you purchase 1 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” insulin syringes for sale, you also need to consider how you will dispose of expired or unused insulin. Medications should never be dumped down the sink, tub or toilet. Additionally, do not simply tossed unused bottles into your garbage can. A person or animal could accidentally be poisoned.

To properly dispose of your unused medication consider the following:

Remove medication from container:  This means that if you have several unused insulin pens, you must empty the insulin from the pen before you dispose of it. Empty all medication into a sealable container.

Mix with garbage: One easy way to dispose of insulin is to mix with ground coffee beans or rotting garbage. Animals aren’t likely to eat coffee grounds and it will be impossible for a human to use the extra medication. Put the mixture into a sealable container and dispose.

Local disposal: Most police stations, firehouses and some hospitals offer free medication disposal. You can bring in old insulin pens and bottle of insulin by dropping them off at a safe location. The disposal location will see that they are properly destroyed.

Other safety tips:

As a note, you should never reuse 1 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” diabetic syringes for sale. You can spread bacteria and infection even if the needle you reuse is your own. Additionally, you could contaminate your insulin with bacteria from your skin.

Never lend a friend your medication. Do not use friend’s medication. Your insulin levels have to be property balanced. Using someone else’s insulin could cause your levels to rise too quickly or drop suddenly. Insulin can be a very dangerous medication if not used properly so always pay attention to your dosages.

If you have to carry your insulin syringe with you during the day, think about finding a container that will fit into your purse or bag but also keeps your medication safe. You can slip your syringe and insulin into a glasses case and toss it into your cooler. This will protect your syringe diabetic from breaking.

You are already learning how to manage a disease that’s new and probably a little bit scary. Take the edge off by following a few basic safety steps. 

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