Steady Shot Injection aid is an attachment for insulin pen needles:
- Attaches to the end of your insulin pen. allowing you to use in the normal way
- Reach new injection sites including back, butt, arms, thighs & stomach
- Confidently inject with your non-dominant hand.
- Give recent injection sites the rest they need
- Reusable for 6+ months
Steady Shot Injection Aid does not work with syringes or the following pen needles: Novofine Plus, BD Nano 2nd Gen, Owen Mumford, or safety needles.
FREQUENTLY ASKED STEADY SHOT INJECTION AID QUESTIONS
What is Steady Shot Injection Aid?
Steady Shot is a stabilizer attachment for insulin pen needles that makes it easier to rotate injection sites and inject insulin. Steady Shot is re-usable for 6 months and should be sterilized regularly.
How does Steady Shot work?
Steady Shot attaches to the base of the insulin pen needle and has two arms that extend past the needle tip. These arms stabilize the injection site and hold the needle steady during the injection. As the arms are pressed into the fat, the needle is also pressed into the fat. After the needle is pressed 4mm or more into the fat, the medicine may be injected.
What are the benefits of using Steady Shot?
Steady Shot will help you rotate to new injection sites, inject while traveling, learn how to give injections, give injections when elderly, and help untrained caregivers inject.
Where do you inject with Steady Shot?
You can inject with Steady Shot in your abdomen, thighs, back, butt and back of your arms.
What pen needles does Steady Shot work with?
Steady Shot works with all pen needles besides Novofine Plus, BD Nano 2nd Gen, and Owen Mumford Unifine. Steady Shot does not work with syringes or safety pen needles.
How do I know Steady Shot is working?
When pressing Steady Shot into your fat tissue, you will see the needle penetrate the skin enter the fat tissue. You can inject when the needle is inserted at least 4mm deep into the tissue. You know Steady Shot is working during the injection when you see the needle in the fat. Overtime, if you continually rotate injection sites with Steady Shot, you will see the reduction of lipohypertrophic tissue and the increase in healthy tissue growth.
How long can Steady Shot be used before replacing?
Steady Shot can be used for up to 6 months without replacing and should be sterilized regularly. Steady Shot never comes in direct contact with the needle.
COMMONLY ASKED INJECTION QUESTIONS
What are the injection sites for insulin?
1) Stomach 2) Back of Arms 3) Back 4) Thighs 5) Buttocks
Each location has a different amount of subcutaneous tissue and makeup of internal organs. The stomach usually has plenty of fat depending on the person and great blood flow. The back of the arms have a decent amount of fat and more muscle content which improves blood flow. The buttocks and the thigh tend to have less blood flow and are more fatty areas.
Why do you rotate injection sites for insulin?
You rotate injection sites for insulin to keep all of your injection sites healthy. Opposed to over using one injection site and damaging the tissue at the injection site.
How to rotate insulin injection sites?
All 5 injection sites on both sides of your body should be used regularly. In order to do this you should be able to inject with your non-dominant hand and practice reaching distant injection sites. You may also use tools designed to help with rotating injection sties such as Steady Shot to make the process easier.
What happens if you don’t switch injection sites with insulin?
If you only use one injection site, the tissue at that injection site will get damaged. This damaged tissue will cause more pain when injecting, slow insulin absorption, and cause bruising at the injection site.
How much insulin absorption is decreased by repeated injection in the same sites?
Absorption of insulin aspart was impaired in lipohypertrophic tissue, yielding a 25% lower Cmax of plasma insulin. When comparing abdominal injections of regular insulin in nine type 1 diabetic patients, it was demonstrated that a 28% greater area under the plasma insulin curve was associated with a more pronounced plasma glucose–lowering effect
How often do you rotate injection sites for insulin?
Injection sites should be rotated with every injection. Ideally every time you inject you should inject in a new body part at least one finger width away from a point you have injected in within the last four weeks.
How to keep track of insulin injection sites?
You can either keep a log of where you injected and on what date or you can keep mental note of where you have been injecting lately. If you start in insert the needle and feel any more pain that usual, stop inserting the needle and find a new injection site with no pain. If you feel no pain when inserting the needle (before administering the insulin) the injection site is healthy.
What insulin’s should you rotate injection sites with?
You should rotate all types of insulin from rapid to long acting, and all brands. Stabbing a small piece of metal and injecting anything into the fat will damage the tissue structure. It does not matter what insulin you are using, you should always rotate injection sties to allow ample time for the injection site to heal before next use.
Why do I have red spots around my insulin injection sites?
Red spots at the injection site can be a result of a couple things. It could be due to over injecting in that area. It could also be due to an allergic reaction at the injection site. If the red spots do not go away after a reasonable amount of time, ask your endocrinologist or certified diabetes educator what to do.
Insulin injection sites in abdomen how far from the belly button?
When injecting in the abdomen, rapid acting and long acting insulin should injected at least 2 inches from the belly button.
How to heal insulin injection sites?
The only way to heal insulin injection sites is to not inject in the affected injection site for 2 to 3 months or longer, depending on the severity of the case. During this time, you can check on the bruising, pain, and bumps of at the injection site. Once the symptoms have disappeared, your injection site has healed and you may continue injecting in that area.
Why do insulin injection sites bruise?
Repeated injections in the same area can cause bruising as well as reusing the same needle. A new injection site and a new needle should be used for every injection.
How to deal with insulin resistance at injection sites?
You should avoid injecting in the area with insulin resistance and let it heal back to normal. To make insulin absorb quicker you can warm up the injection site and massage the area to speed up the absorption process.
How do I drop my blood sugar levels faster?
After injecting your insulin, increasing body temperature increases insulin absorption. When liquids are warmed, they move at a faster rate. Blood is liquid so when you take a hot shower or bath, your insulin will begin to absorb quicker and your blood sugars will drop faster.
You can also massage the area where insulin was injected. This will rub the insulin into the tissue and jump start the insulin absorption process.