Insulin
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After the Event

  • If you are concerned about the condition of your insulin after an extended power outage, examine the bottle closely to make sure the insulin looks normal.
  • If you use regular insulin, check for particles or discoloration. If you use NPH or lente, check for frosting or crystals on the inside of the bottle, or for small particles or clumps in the insulin. If you find any of these conditions, do not use the insulin.
  • Unless you have no other supplies you can use to┬áinject, NEVER reuse your insulin syringes, pen needles or lancets. If you have no fresh syringes or lancets to use, reuse only your own syringes, pen needles, or lancets, in life and death situations. Using someone else's supplies could cause infection or spread disease.
  • If coping with a disaster, keep in mind how it might affect your diabetes. Stress, as you know, can lead to high blood sugar. Mealtimes are usually erratic during a disaster, and that can also cause changes in your blood sugar, especially if you take oral medications or insulin. Changes in activity, such as repairing damages or doing cleanup without stopping for a snack, can lower your blood glucose. Or, if your blood glucose is over 250 mg/dL (13.9 mmol/L), excessive exercise or activity can cause your blood glucose to rise even higher.
  • In addition to keeping an eye on your blood sugar management, always wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes, and check your feet daily for irritation, blisters, sores or infection. Things like contaminated flood water and disaster debris can increase your risk for injury.

Updated June 2017