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Have you ever given the wrong insulin dose?


Yes, more than once






Yes, just once












I'm not sure






Total votes: 523


Have you ever given the wrong insulin dose?

Poll dates: December 2 - December 8, 2002
Total Votes: 523

Two-thirds (66%) of respondents report giving the wrong insulin dose at least once. 40% report giving the wrong insulin dose more than once. Given that giving the wrong insulin dose is common, you should know what to do in case it happens to you.

If you give too little insulin, such as giving an evening dose in the morning, you can give additional insulin to make up the difference.

If you give too much insulin, such as giving a morning dose in the evening, don't panic. Determine how much extra insulin you've given and, based on that, determine how much extra food you need to eat to cover it. If you need help figuring that out, call your Diabetes Team. We've heard of parents making ice cream sundaes for kids who've been given the wrong dose. You can use the accident to enjoy a treat you don't have very often.

Be sure to test your blood sugar often until the extra dose will have worn off. For parents, this usually means a sleepless night, but as long as you're testing and eating to cover the extra insulin, you or your child will make it through.

Answer       Dec 2002     Dec 2000
Yes, more than once 40% 35%
Yes, just once 26% 24%
No 28% 33%
Not sure 4% 6%

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