Handling Syringes on the Go



There are quite a few people out there that have to give themselves daily injections. The most obvious group of people who have to do this are diabetics. There are other conditions, however, that require that individuals give themselves injections at least a few times a week and, when this is the case, you have to learn how to handle syringes when you are on the road.

Preparation

The most important thing about having syringes with you when you're on the road is making sure that you are prepared. This means taking a few more than you think you'll need. You can always stop at a drugstore and get more in a pinch, but this can be pretty expensive. Make sure you have at least one day's worth of extra syringes on you so that, if something happens, you have enough supplies to last you through the delay.

Disposal

You have to make sure that you bring along a sharps container to provide a safe means of disposing of your syringes when you're done with them. If you take a look at medical news sites, you'll notice that blood-borne pathogens are becoming a bigger problem. What contributes to this problem is when people don't properly dispose of items that constitute a biohazard. Used syringes and needles are some of the most hazardous materials around. Make sure that you have a sharps container with you so that you can dispose of them properly. Some hotel rooms also provide these containers for their diabetic guests.

Emergencies

One of the reasons you want to make sure that you have enough syringes with you is so that you don't have to reuse a syringe for an injection. This is not considered safe by any medical authority and there is no way to avoid a syringe becoming contaminated when you do use it for an injection.

If you run out of syringes, go down to a local drugstore and buy some new ones. Never attempt to reuse them to save money. No matter how much they may cost at a brick-and-mortar pharmacy, the costs of the syringes will be far less than the costs of getting treated for a nasty infection, and infections can sometimes prove fatal, especially to people who already have medical conditions. Between being set up for proper disposal and having an adequate supply with you, you shouldn't have any trouble with attending to your medical needs when you're out on the road.

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