We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
If the pancreas does not secrete insulin or does not secrete enough, it is essential to add it from outside. For now, the only way to do this is to inject it, since if it is digested, the stomach destroys it.
What do you need to bear in mind if you need to inject yourself with insulin or you look after someone who does?
You do not need to disinfect the skin around the area you are going to inject with alcohol, but you do need to maintain good body hygiene and wash your hands first.
If you are using alcohol, let it evaporate before you inject, as it may be more painful otherwise.
Insulin must be injected into the subcutaneous tissue. It will then slowly make its way into the blood and start to act.
Repeated pricks in the same area over time may cause lipodystrophy or deformations in the subcutaneous tissue due to inflammation or reduction. It can be easily identified as bruises appear beneath the skin.
If you do have lipodystrophy, either: do not inject that area for a while until the lipodystrophy goes away; or change needles more often.
Research recommends 5 mm needles for everyone, as there is not thought to be much difference between the thickness of subcutaneous tissue, regardless of the person’s physical constitution.
The correct pinch is done using the index and middle fingers and the thumb. Grab the skin and subcutaneous tissue, without lifting the muscle. Once the insulin has been injected, wait a few seconds before withdrawing the needle and letting go of your skin.
Guidelines for self-testing blood sugar levels
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