ITM (Injection Technique Matters)

November 14, 2018 |

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Insulin is the injectable therapy in the treatment of type 1 diabetes but also for many with type 2 diabetes, and a vital part of a nurse’s role is to advise on best practice in injection technique. But the reality is often that people with diabetes who inject don’t receive adequate education at both initiation and thereafter, therefore, unaware of the factors that could impact the glycaemic control of their condition.

Owen Mumford is an official sponsor of an initiative launching at this year’s Diabetes Professional Care conference in London, which will support injection technique education for healthcare professionals and all those people with diabetes who inject.

As a leading player in the medical device industry, Owen Mumford is a pioneer in improving the individual’s experience. We believe every person with diabetes should have access to ongoing education with regular reviews of knowledge and methods to safely support themselves and improve their quality of life.

‘Injection Technique Matters (ITM) – Best Practice in Diabetes Care’ is an initiative that has been developed by  a working group of four expert nurses.

ITM are constantly campaigning to improve knowledge and skills relating to correct injection technique and ongoing diabetes care. They believe the new guideline and toolkit will provide valuable resources when it comes to applying best practice for both people with diabetes who inject and healthcare professionals.

Leanne Adam, Marketing Manager at Owen Mumford, says, “We recognise the role that initiatives like these have in facilitating optimum injection techniques, promoting good routines and enhancing the care of people with diabetes who inject. It is important that they receive the benefits of treatment, avoid long-term complications and achieve favourable clinical outcomes”

The initiative is recognised and endorsed by Diabetes UK, as well as pharmaceutical companies including Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi and AstraZeneca. The ITM team will be launching the new Injection Technique guideline and Toolkit at the Diabetes Professional Conference, Olympia London, on 14th and 15th November. The ITM board includes Debbie Hicks, Nurse Consultant – Diabetes who founded the first UK injection technique education programme back in 2009, Dr. Deb Adams, a safety expert within NHS Improvement, Jane Diggle, a specialist diabetes practice nurse and Carole Gelder, a paediatric specialist nurse each of whom are respected and experienced in injection technique education. plus a group of people with diabetes who advise on all ideas and outputs from the initiative.

ITM are proud to be able to educate other nurses and people with diabetes who inject on best practice for injection technique. Debbie says, “We are very excited to be joining forces with Owen Mumford and our other partners to keep the importance of correct injection technique at the forefront of healthcare professionals’ minds when supporting people with diabetes who need to inject.”

This initiative is managed under the umbrella of TREND-UK, an organisation of nurses who provide a collective voice for all diabetes nursing groups. TREND-UK includes three co-chairs – Debbie Hicks, June James and Jill Hill, each of whom are respected and experienced within diabetes nursing.

Leanne Adam concludes, “Our aim is to improve lives and reduce healthcare costs, and Owen Mumford appreciates that the added-value of best practice guidelines, ongoing education and support programmes can all contribute to deliver positive health outcomes. We are therefore delighted to support the ITM initiative.”

Owen Mumford has many years’ experience in the diabetes market and developed the world’s first re-usable automatic insulin delivery pen and blood sampling device. We have a constant commitment to working with leading medical device and pharmaceutical partners, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes who inject to help make diabetes treatment regimes easier to manage. Our products are designed to deliver innovative solutions that help them better manage diabetes and other conditions.

Owen Mumford are exhibiting at the Diabetes Professional Conference, Olympia London, on 14th and 15th November to support the ITM initiative, visit stand A9 to find out more about the new guidelines and request a copy.