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How Approprıate are the Lengths of Syringe Needles Used for Subcutaneous Injections to the Children at School Age?

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.229
Pages: 
409-15
Synopsis: 
This study showed that nowadays, relatively shorter pen needles compared with those previously used are recommended for subcutaneous insulin therapy. Currently, the available shortest pen needles for subcutaneous injections is 4 mm in length, each. Even when the shortest pen needle is used, the risk for intramuscular injection during subcutaneous injection is 50% in boys aged 6–8 years, while it is 25% in those aged 9–12 years and 13–17 years for each. It is 25% in all the three age groups among the girls. Smaller pen needles can help to achieve more accurate subcutaneous injections.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To define the normal ranges of the thicknesses of the skin and subcutaneous tissues via ultrasonography, and determine whether the current syringe needle-lengths used for the subcutaneous injections were appropriate.

Accepted: 
18 May, 2015
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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2015
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