Most diabetics use a BS 1619 1 ml or 2 ml glass syringe for injecting insulin, and keep the syringe in surgical spirit in a case. Disposable syringes are not prescribable to patients through the National Health Service. However, some patients may wish to have a reserve supply of sterile pre-packed syringes for use, for example while travelling. Such syringes may also be useful for diabetic patients in hospitals without a central syringe sterilising service. In general however reliance of ambulant diabetics on a supply of plastic syringes may introduce a further hazard into the diabetic life.
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