The Safe Use of Insulin 2014 Update

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Insulin is a potent, lifesaving drug used by millions of people with diabetes both in the hospital and community setting. It is a safe and effective treatment if used appropriately, however, incorrect or inappropriate use can lead to patient harm.

In order to reduce insulin errors this module aims to provide learners with an increased understanding and awareness of insulin. It promotes its safe and effective use by outlining common errors associated with insulin and information as to how these can be avoided. It also provides learners with an increased understanding of the possible side effects of insulin and how these should be treated.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Refresh their knowledge and understanding of insulin
  • Outline the differences in administering insulin
  • Have a fuller understanding of the range of available insulin’s and injection devices
  • Describe possible side effects of insulin therapy and how to treat these effectivel

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Learning Objectives
  • What is insulin?
  • Insulin use in the UK
  • Insulin errors
  • The safe use of insulin
  • The right insulin
  • The right dose
  • The right time
  • The right way
  • Devices
  • Storage
  • Side effects


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a College certificate.


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is targeted at all levels of healthcare practitioners working within the healthcare sector. However, the information is applicable to any individual who may be required to administer insulin.

Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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