The Education and Training Department at Dasman Diabetes Institute, which was established by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), held a training and workshop titled “Much More than an Injection” on Tuesday 18th February 2014, in collaboration with Becton Dickinson (BD) a medical technology company that manufactures medical supplies. The training was conducted by Ken Strauss the Global Medical Director for Becton Dickinson, and Director of Safety in Medicine for the European Medical Association, based in Brussels.
Dr. Strauss received his degree as a doctor from the University of South Carolina, USA. He did an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the Wake Forest University, USA. His Endocrinology Fellowship was at the Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center. He was later on staff at the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ken through a detailed presentation and workshop emphasized on understanding of the skin structure and its role in insulin delivery. He explained that the skin is only 2mm thick in all races, genders, and patient morphology. For example; fat increases in the abdomen area in Females more than males. Using latest studies and international guidelines, the training addressed that myths such as using larger needles for obese patients and shorter needles for pediatric can be removed. He shared with participants that clinical evidence showed equal efficacy of shorter needles (4mm) as that of 6 and 8mm and assist healthcare practitioners in selecting the optimal medical device for insulin administration.
Dr. Ken also clarified the most common dermal complication associated with insulin injection (Lipohypertrophies) which is a lump in the site of the injection and explained factors related to the condition such as the amount of time insulin has been used, failure to rotate injections or improper rotation and frequent reuse of needles. In the end he demonstrated a practical training on methods to diagnose this condition using the latest technology like specialized ultrasound if the regular diagnostic methods failed.
The audiences who were physicians, nurse and dietitians were happy to attend and expressed that this kind of training which is relevant to their work will develop their skills and efficiency in taking care of people with diabetes in Kuwait.