Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Practice Safety Alerts

Safer administration of insulin: summary of a safety report from the National Patient Safety Agency

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5269

Rapid Response:

Re:does before dinner mean before supper or before lunch?

It is important to advise the patient in clear unambiguous terms
regarding meal times and insulins. The term "Dinner" may mean mid-day meal
or evening meal or even supper to different people.This can indeed result
in problems with patients taking their insulins at wrong times. We should
stress morning breakfast, midday meal and evening meal so that there is no
room for error.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 October 2010
Prasanna Rao Balakrishna