Insulin Safety Week: Day One
Fact of the Day:
In order to work properly, insulin should always be injected into the healthy fatty layer underneath the skin (the subcutaneous fat) whilst avoiding the muscle . On average, your skin is only 1.9mm to 2.4mm thick so only a needle not much longer than that is needed to reach the fatty layer1.
Tip of the Day:
In line with recommendations, you should always use a 4mm needle at a 90-degree angle to inject insulin . This applies to children and adults, regardless of age, gender or Body Mass Index (BMI).2 A 4mm needle is short enough to pass through your skin into the fatty layer, with little risk of injecting a muscle.1