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RE: [IPk] iv correction bolus



I couldn't imagine it working well for basal rates - particularly with
your sport Di? Are you proposing more freedom by carrying your pump for
basals, then giving IV for meals (with the tourniquet-arm band, syringe,
wipe, vial of insulin, etc..)? I think pump sounds easier - particularly
with meals out..... please pass the salt...oh and the sharps bin....

Not all the UK medical profession are that backward, some patients (not
all....) would not be suitable for this at all, I can imagine it may
lead to medical and legal problems if you get people who treat their IV
needles as well as some people treat their pens - the risk (for some) of
infection may be high, especially if they didn't have clean needles
going into the vein etc. I know of some patients who change their
needles every 2 or 3 months. I would imagine these patients would be the
first to comment about the responsibility of the profession - legal
issues etc.. Of course there are highly motivated, educated and
responsible patients who take an excellent proactive role in their
diabetes management (most of you) but I guess the main reason is for the
masses, - although being untrained to give IV does not stop drug users
from doing it etc.. 

I know of no reason why a GP or specialist would be so backward to say
what you quoted about the BGM unless they didn't know anything about
diabetes.

> -----Original Message-----
> 
> >Why would doctors be afraid to train a suitably competent mature
> person to
> >take an intravenous injection?
> 
> I quite agree, John. but we're not talking rational here, we're
> talking the
> Uk medical profession.
> There was a story on another list about a  doctor in the UK recently
> who
> told a new diabetic patient not to test their BG, because blood
> testing was
> dangerous and could mean "enzymes getting into the body which will
> cause
> kidney damage"!!!!! Not sure if it was a GP or specialist - I would
> hope not
> the latter. Unbelievable really.
> Di
> 
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