If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it's important that you plan ahead and establish sufficient stock of the medical supplies that you'll need. Unfortunately, for those who are new to diabetes management and care, you may not know what supplies you really need. Don't find yourself overwhelmed by all of the options. Instead, prioritize your supplies to the things you'll need the most before you consider any of the extras. Here are some of the most important medical supplies to stock up on.
Syringes Or Pump Administration Units
Depending on whether you're on multiple daily injections or an insulin pump, you'll need to be sure that you have either a couple of boxes of insulin syringes or plenty of insulin pump administration kits. That way, you don't have to worry about your insulin administration.
In some states, you'll need a prescription for those syringes or administration kits. In other areas, they are available over-the-counter. Look into your state's regulations so that you know what to expect, and get your doctor's prescription if necessary.
Alcohol swabs are important for those with diabetes. Everything from blood sugar testing to insulin administration all require puncturing your skin. That means you need to be sure that the skin is as clean as possible to reduce the risk of infection. This is especially important for diabetics because of the fact that diabetes slows your healing, which leaves you at greater risk of infection. Make sure that you keep plenty of boxes of alcohol swabs on hand, and use them every time you check your blood sugar, change your pump infusion site, or inject insulin.
Glucose Testing Supplies
When you're diagnosed with diabetes, your medical care provider will recommend a glucose test meter or provide you with a prescription for one. Along with that, you'll need test strips and a testing solution. Make sure that you have sufficient test strips on hand at all times to freely monitor your blood sugar if need be. Use the testing control solution regularly to ensure that your meter is reading accurately, too.
These are some of the most important medical supplies to stock up on following a diabetes diagnosis. Make sure that you have these supplies and anything else that's helpful for your personal diabetes care. Talk with a local medical supply provider for more information about your supplies and a routine delivery schedule to ensure that you stay adequately stocked up.
For more information on diabetic medical supplies, contact a company near you.