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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
- Diabetes mellitus
- Insulin pen
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