Dr Bilal Ghafoor, Dr Sana Iftikhar, Dr Amina ayoub
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the awareness and method of injecting insulin prevailing in the nurses. Methodology: Two hundred and seventy-two nurses performing their duties in 3 separate hospitals of Lahore were the part of this research work. Their evaluation about the meals timings, awareness about the exact place of insulin injection, tissue and injecting technique, carried out. A Performa was in use to record the observations and the analysis of the collected information carried out. Results: Out of total nurses, only forty nurses were aware about the all steps of the technique of injecting the insulin. Total 57.40% nurses were aware about the fact that the insulin injection should be carry out before half an hour of meal. 66.20 nurses were available with the information of insulin injection in the subcutaneous tissue. About 64.0% nurses were aware about the insulin injection in upper arm, 75.0% nurses were aware the right place on upper thigh and 89.70% nurses found with the knowledge that abdomen is the right site. The method of skin pinching was correct in case of 64.0% nurses and 56.60% nurses knew that there is no requirement of skin cleaning with the help of spirit. While evaluating the injecting method, 72.80% nurses injected it rightly at an angle of 90 degrees. Conclusion: Nurses are the main part of the health care institutes but most of the female nurses are not available with well training to manage the injections of insulin in the countries which are under development as Pakistan. So, there is a requirement of improvement in their training in the general field and particularly in the field of diabetes. The health authorities which are accountable for the training of nursing staff should be aware of these realities & they should take necessary actions to tackle such issues. Key Words: Injection, Angle, Diabetes, Awareness, Spirit, Pinching, Insulin, Abdomen.