NCLEX-RN Question 8

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Q: Which of the follwoing instruction should a nurse provide to a patient who has diabetes and hypertrophic lipodystrophy?

A. Rotate insulin injection sites
B. Inject insulin at the edge of the affected area
C. Withhold injection of insulin until the area heals
D. Use a longer needle to administer the insulin

Correct Answer: A
Hypertrophic lipodystrophy occurs when the same injection sites are used frequently. The patient should rotate insulin injection sites and avoid using the affected area for six months. This will allow the thickened subcutaneous tissue to regress.

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