Administering Insulin : Some Terminology

02.03.06 / Author: colin

If you are new to insulin dependancy, your medical team will no doubt do their best to confuse you with jargon. Don’t let it phase you – its just their way of trying to keep you in your place as the ‘junior partner’ in the insulin dependancy relationship.

Their job should be to communicate, not erect barriers, right.

If you are to become the ’senior partner’, and we are going to have to tackle some of the jargon, so here we go:

Bolus: a single dose of a drug given all at once. Typically, this word is used to describe the dose of quick acting insulin given immediately before a meal If I were you, I would refuse to use this word – just keep saying "do you mean ‘dose’ " every time they use it. If they start getting ‘lippy’, ask them what the difference is between ‘dose’ and ‘bolus’. That should put the boot back on your foot.

Basal: Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base. Typically this word is used to describe the slow acting insulin dose given once per day to keep your background level of insulin at a safe level. The word ‘basal’, whilst correct terminology, is rarely used in modern english and only confuses the new insulin dependant diabetic. The word ‘background’ works far better in the real world. (there will be more – but these were the first two that annoyed me)

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