You should use an InsulinSaver to increase your confidence and security in how you store your insulin, in order to reduce the risk of using it inefficiently or even using inactive insulin. Pharmaceutical companies and insulin distributors have strict cold chains that must not be broken. When you collect your insulin, the chain is broken for the first time, and now you must independently estimate temperatures and ensure that the insulin is stored at the correct temperature. This is a significant and challenging responsibility since you can't visually determine if the insulin has gone bad. The only indication that could result from bad insulin is an increase in your blood sugar, and rising blood sugar can be caused by many different reasons. Therefore, you should use an InsulinSaver to determine if your rising blood sugar is due to the insulin or not.
The temperature intervals are determined based on pharmaceutical companies' recommendations and research on insulin stability in relation to temperature.
My thoughts about the product and why I wanted it are that I desire something that alerts me. There have been instances where I have accidentally exposed my insulin to both freezing temperatures and high temperatures, rendering the insulin ineffective. This has resulted in high blood sugar levels and ketones for prolonged periods. Therefore, I wanted something that would indicate if this had occurred, allowing me to take prompt action or eliminate the potential factor for my elevated blood sugar. Essentially, a shortcut for a diabetic's constant detective work to understand why their body reacts as it does.
The product signals using LED lights, showing red for too warm (above 30°C) and blue for too cold (below 2°C). As a user of InsulinSaver, you are to interpret the signals yourself. We do not assert that you MUST discard your insulin if it blinks, but we have provided you with a warning that could be useful when dealing with rising blood sugar.
I'm writing this to clarify that the product doesn't prevent insulin from going bad; rather, it's intended to assist in preventing the use of ineffective insulin.
Store your InsulinSaver in the same place where you keep your insulin. This could be in your pen case, cooler bag, refrigerator, etc. InsulinSaver should be positioned as close to your insulin as possible to help you keep track of proper insulin storage.
When using InsulinSaver, you will learn a lot about how to store your insulin correctly. For example, I used to always place my insulin cartons on one of the shelves inside my refrigerator. I noticed that my InsulinSaver was blinking blue, so I tested placing all the insulin in the refrigerator door instead. Since then, my InsulinSaver hasn't given a warning signal again.
When we developed the InsulinSaver product, our aim was to create a secure product that instills trust. If a battery is replaceable by the user, it necessitates an accessible opening on the product and typically results in a thicker design. We didn't want to risk the battery becoming loose or moisture seeping in and damaging the contacts. Additionally, we wanted to avoid a bulkier design that could make it difficult to fit the product into small spaces such as pen cases and pump bags.
We also desired a product that functions independently, without cords, apps, and other accessories. I was tired of having to pack additional items for all the tools that a diabetic needs. Hence, we chose to develop a simple temperature sensor that operates on its own. We currently guarantee a battery life of 12 months.
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