The Safe Use of Insulin

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 1.5 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 1 - 2 hours towards your CPD.

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 providers learners with an increased understanding of the possible side effects of insulin and how these should be treated.

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.

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

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Silverlight may also need to be installed for some courses
- Most ECDL courses will require a download of the ActivX component from within the course


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The modules covered within this course are:

- 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


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 effectively

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