Insulin Sensitivity Factor (ISF) indicates how much one unit of rapid or regular insulin will lower blood glucose (mg/dll or g/mol).
The correction factor, is the calculation to determine the dose of insulin necessary to correct the glycaemia.
The insulin sensitivity factor may vary and be different from one time of day to another even it is possible that significantly varies between disease stages.
When to use insulin correction factor?
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The Spanish Public Healthcare System finances the insulin needles to insert in the pen. Necessary trips to monitor the glycemia are also financed.
Currently, many people complain that there is not enough resources, but above all else, they are complaining about the bad quality of what the healthcare system delivers. Patients will receive different brands or models depending on patient’s residence. Even in some healthcare centres where economic factor is scarce, they recommend to reuse needles. It is not the first time that a patient is heard complaining because a healthcare centre does not deliver enough needles, and tell him or her to reuse the needle.
It is forbidden by the Spanish law and by European regulation (explicitly written on the product packaging), needles cannot be used more than once, are not reusable. It must be used one new needle for every shot. Continue reading »