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Insulin injection and
The ADEA (Australian Diabetes Educators Association) and Becton,
Dickinson (BD) have welcomed the Mayo Clinic Proceedings publication of
new insulin delivery recommendations for health care professionals caring
for patients who inject their diabetes medication.
The have also welcomed the publication
two articles describing the results
from a global Injection Technique
Questionnaire survey of people with
The three articles, appeared in the
September issue of the Mayo Clinic
Proceedings, were the result of a survey
conducted in 423 centres across 42
countries and which gained responses
from more than 13,000 people.
Two of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings
articles examined the key findings from
the injection technique survey while
the third article presented new insulin
delivery recommendations intended to
help shape local and regional injection
guidelines around the world.
Managing Director at BD Australia
and New Zealand Hilary Crilly said
the implementation of the FITTER
Recommendations locally would bring
about significant improvements for all
healthcare professionals involved in
supporting diabetes management, as
well as for their patients who inject their
'Over 180 diabetes experts from
54 countries analysed the results of
this unprecedented global injection
technique survey, sponsored by BD.
This is a clear indication of the level of
interest that exists across the world on
the critical role that injection technique
plays in diabetes care. The experts'
individual and collective professional
input played a significant role in
bringing the FITTER Insulin Injection &
Infusion Recommendations to fruition.'
ADEA President Giuliana Murfet
said the ADEA Clinical Practice
Review Committee would review the
FITTER Insulin Injection & Infusion
Recommendations with the view to
updating the current ADEA Clinical
Recommendations titled, Clinical
Guiding Principles for Subcutaneous
Injection Technique published in
'ADEA strongly supports evidenced-
based, best practice diabetes education
and care. Clinical practice informed
by sound and contemporary evidence
is critical for ensuring optimal insulin
delivery and safety for both patients and
clinicians. We look forward to reviewing
the FITTER Insulin Injection & Infusion
Recommendations in more detail over
the coming months,' Ms Murfet said.
Complementary Medicines Australia
(CMA) has welcomed a Cochrane
review indicating that taking vitamin
D supplements in addition to asthma
medication decreases the risk of severe
CMA chief executive officer Carl Gibson
said the researchers looked at nine
recent clinical trials, seven involving
435 children and two studies involving
658 adults. Overall, the review found
evidence that taking a vitamin D
supplement could reduce the risk
of severe asthma attacks requiring
hospital admission from 6% to
The Cochrane review's lead author,
Professor Adrian Martineau, said they
found vitamin D 'significantly reduced
the risk of severe asthma attacks,
without causing side effects,' and that
additional research was required to
establish the benefits, especially in
young people and children.
Mr Gibson said: 'These latest findings
follow recent UK-based guidance
recommending everyone in the UK
should take vitamin D supplements,
with the aim of ensuring the majority
of the population has enough vitamin
D in their blood to protect the health of
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