People with Type 1 Diabetes can now administer their own insulin, thanks to the Centre for Creative Health’s (CCH) Brad Wilson, who runs the Mule Shed Activity Hub.
The Mule Shed is a rehabilitation space for patients who have sustained debilitating injuries from either a stroke, brain or spinal injury or a physical accident.
Brad was approached by Catherine Paterson from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) Diabetes Education Service about making something to assist patients in putting their insulin caps on independently.
“Patients who only have single arm use are unable to hold both the syringe and the cap, so they need something to hold the cap while they pick up the syringe. They had been using a tissue box which was not sufficient or practical,” Catherine said.
Brad developed a simple idea to build an insulin holder, a piece of timber with three holes for the three types of caps used by diabetics.
“The holders are made by patients at Hampstead as part of their rehab and are being used across four sites including Hampstead, TQEH, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital,” Brad said.
Catherine said being independent with their care contributed to diabetics’ increased confidence and functional ability.
“People who have used the aids have expressed gratitude for being able to achieve independence with self-administrations of insulin, without relying on the assistance of a second person,” Catherine said.
CCH is so proud to be part of these incredible initiatives, supporting patients and even accelerating their rehabilitation in some cases.