Mixing Insulin

  1. Can you/Do you mix Novolin 70/30 with Regular insulin?

    I see nurses doing this.. I mean you can mix regular insulin with NPH and 70/30 is a mix of NPH and Regular... Soo it seems like this would be okay. But I was taught to never mix anything but NPH and Reg. Any ideas

    Tiger
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Virgo_RN
    The only insulin I know of that you don't mix with anything is Lantus.
  4. by   jmgrn65
    yes you can mix them. Clear to cloudy.
    you can't mix Lantus.
  5. by   aeauooo
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    But I was taught to never mix anything but NPH and Reg.
    In the old days (back when insulin came from beef or pork) there was lente and ultra lente, and those could be mixed with regular insulin.
  6. by   yannadey
    Just had inservice on this.
    No you cant mix 70/30 & regular
    we had quite the discussion on this
    we had it settled by calling the phamacist
    Last edit by yannadey on Mar 18, '08 : Reason: none
  7. by   Virgo_RN
  8. by   nyapa
    We've never mixed insulin. May be different policies...
  9. by   maire
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    Can you/Do you mix Novolin 70/30 with Regular insulin?

    I see nurses doing this.. I mean you can mix regular insulin with NPH and 70/30 is a mix of NPH and Regular... Soo it seems like this would be okay. But I was taught to never mix anything but NPH and Reg. Any ideas

    Tiger
    At my facility, we are taught to "never mix a mix," and this straight from our diabetes educator.

    Interesting how some people are taught different things!
  10. by   classicdame
    Reg and NPH are the only ones that should be mixed by the nurse. The ones that are 70/30 or 75/25 are pre-mixed.

    Here is how I remember: all insulin is regular insulin when it gets to the blood stream. There are some products with additives to make them get there sooner or slower, depending on the desired outcome. So mixing can mean you are interferring with those additives and may end up with a product that does not act in the expected manner. When in doubt, don't.

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