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[IP] iv correction bolus

I recently met a German friend, who uses a pump, and she told me that a few
diabetes specialists in Germany now train some patients to take a
correction bolus intravenously - that is, you stick a needle in the large
vein in your arm, and inject a few units directly into the blood.

The beauty of this is that once it's in the blood, insulin is does its work
and is finished within about 10 minutes. If I were about to eat, and found
my bg was 300, I could lower it to my target of 120 within 10 minutes by
taking 3.6 units ( =(300-120)/50 ) intravenously. And I would know it
wasn't going to carry on falling any further.

Does anyone else do this? Or know anyone who does it? I've never done it
myself, and I'm rather squeemish about sticking needles into veins.

Obviously, you should *never* take a complete meal bolus intravenously,
since you would have a massive hypo after 10 minutes - long before the food
you were eating got digested. And you should *never* take long-acting
insulin intravenously, as the crystals would clog up your tiny blood
vessels. But a carefully measured couple of units sounds like an
interesting way of making fast controlled adjustments to your bg.


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