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Insulin Pens in Acute Care Settings: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Published on: July 24, 2017
Project Number: RB1121-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of insulin pens compared to insulin vials in acute care settings?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of insulin pens compared to insulin vials in acute care settings?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of insulin pens in acute care settings?

Key Message

Two systematic reviews (one with meta-analysis), four non-randomized studies, and three economic evaluations were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of insulin administration via insulin pens for patients with diabetes in an acute care setting. Additionally, one evidence-based guideline was identified.

Tags

drug delivery systems, hospitalization, injections, subcutaneous, inpatients, insulin, medical devices, pen, hospitalized, pens, Hospitalisation, vial, Acute care