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April 18, 2001

Insulin

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Question from the United Arab Emirates:

How can we dilute insulin to get very small doses for babies who require small doses of insulin like one unit?

Answer:

From: DTeam Staff

You should get the appropriate diluent directly from the insulin manufacturer on a named-patient basis. Usually required to use 1 in 10 dilution for babies.

KJR

[Editor’s comment: To make a 1 in 10 dilution (U-10): use 9 ml of diluent and 1 ml of U-100 insulin. Then every line on a 30-unit or 50-unit U-100 insulin syringe will equal 1/10 unit.

SS]