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BD commemorates 10th anniversary of its initiative FITTER

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BD’s initiative FITTER – Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations, is an initiative on educating people with diabetes on safe injection practices and runs several educational and awareness programs

11th January every year is observed as Insulin Injection Day and January this year marks the 100th anniversary of Insulin Injection. To spread awareness on safe insulin practices, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) initiated Forum for Injection Technique India (FIT) in 2012, which is now FITTER – Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations, which also completes a decade of education in India this year.

BD’s initiative FITTER – Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations, is an initiative on educating people with diabetes on safe injection practices and runs several educational and awareness programs. Under this initiative, subject matter experts like endocrinologists and physicians treating diabetes are focusing on creating recommendations on best practices on insulin injection techniques for healthcare providers, people living with diabetes on insulin and their caregivers.

Some of the key aspects of insulin injection technique recommended byFITTER are injecting the insulin dosage into the healthy fatty layer under the skin, use of 4 mm pen needles and/or 6 mm syringe needles, injecting the medication into correct injection sites and practising good site rotation, and also using a new syringe or pen needle each time to avoid the risk of developing complications. The benefits of these recommendations for patients are greater injection comfort, lower risk of unexplained hypoglycaemia and glycaemic variation and better glycaemic management while healthcare practitioners can witness better clinical outcomes in patients.

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