Nurse showcases pioneering injection site work
A diabetes nurse’s pioneering case study which used ultrasounds to scan injection sites to help people with diabetes has been showcased at an international conference.
The work of Linda Clapham, a diabetes specialist nurse at Wharfedale Hospital in Leeds, was presented by Debbie Hicks a nurse consultant at Enfield, London at the Forum for Injection Technique and Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) congress in October.
Linda’s published case study showed how the use of ultrasounds to scan injection sites was able to identify safe areas for people with diabetes to inject themselves.
A total of 200 delegates attended the conference which took place in Rome and 15,000 virtual delegates had the ability to view her work online.
In addition, Linda’s case study was given to 5,000 clinicians in multiple centres in India and a further 4,800 clinicians in China.
Linda said: “We’re really learning with this ultrasound technique because it’s so new, but patients seem to love it because they can see their skin layers.
“Some people get into bad habits like injecting themselves in the wrong places, causing lipohypertrophy and that may lead to hypos. You have got to look at people’s injection sites, for some reason it can become convenient to inject in the wrong places using poor technique.
“It’s about raising awareness among healthcare professionals. These things happen, but with the correct training it can be prevented.”
The aim of FITTER is to bring together the world’s most pre-eminent experts and research findings to achieve consensus on the creation of a new set of recommendations in the areas of injection techniques.
Linda’s clinical case study was also published in the prestigious Journal of Diabetes Nursing, where she received a letter of praise for her work.
The letter, which was from Mike Smith, the European clinical marketing manager at BD Medical, said: “Your nursing skills, knowledge and experience have enabled you to take the clinical science and implement the highest standards of clinical care for people who inject insulin.
“You are without doubt a beacon of light in the world of diabetes injection technique and you should be very proud of all that you have done to move the science forward and improve the lives of people in your care and more widely.”