CDC Clinical Reminder: Insulin Pens Must Never Be Used for More than One Person
Anyone using insulin pens should review the following recommendations to ensure that they are not placing persons in their care at risk for infection.
These recommendations apply to any setting where insulin pens are used, including assisted living or residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, health fairs, shelters, detention facilities, senior centers, schools, and camps as well as licensed healthcare facilities. Protection from infections, including bloodborne pathogens, is a basic expectation anywhere healthcare is provided. Use of insulin pens for more than one person, like other forms of syringe reuse , imposes unacceptable risks and should be considered a 'never event'.