Independent insulin administration by the hemiplegic patient: Stabilization of an insulin pen with a new device

Richard L. Harvey*, Kathleen M. Stachowski, Sandra K. Dewulf

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Abstract

Diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for stroke, and the incidence of diabetes in patients presenting with stroke is 16% to 20%. Administration of insulin is an important activity of daily living that should be addressed in hemiplegic patients with diabetes. Presented here is a table-top clamp that can be used with an insulin pen allowing independent insulin dosing and subcutaneous administration with one hand. The clamp is built on a wood block base that is mounted to a smooth table surface by suction cups. Construction of the device is simple, inexpensive, and can be incorporated as a therapeutic project for the patient during the rehabilitation stay. A diabetic patient with a left hemiplegia is presented who demonstrated independence with the device prior to her discharge home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-781
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume73
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hemiplegia
  • Insulin pen
  • Orthotic
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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