• CMS Use of Insulin Pens

    Friday June 1, 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently received reports of use of insulin pens for more than one patient, with at least one 2011 episode resulting in the need for post-exposure patient notification. These reports indicate that some healthcare personnel do not adhere to safe practices and may be unaware of the risks these unsafe practices pose to patients. Insulin pens are meant for use by a single patient only. Each patient/resident must have his/her own. Sharing of insulin pens is essentially the same as sharing needles or syringes, and must be cited, consistent with the applicable provider/supplier specific survey guidance, in the same manner as re-use of needles or syringes.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also become increasingly aware of reports of improper use of insulin pens, which places individuals at risk of infection with pathogens including hepatitis viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This notice serves as a reminder that insulin pens must never be used on more than one person.

    Follow the link to visit the CDC page on Injection Safety:


    CDC Insulin Pen Poster:

    Clinical Reminder for Use of Insulin pen

    CMS Survey & Certification letter on Insulin pens:

    Use of Insulin Pens May 18 2012

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