Caring for your patient's skin

Medications that are administered subcutaneously may cause skin reactions such as redness, tenderness, itching and the development of nodules. These skin reactions is one of the most commonly observed side-effects of apomorphine treatment, however they can be managed through good skincare practise.

Good skincare practise includes:

  • Inject at least 1 inch (2.5cm) away from any recent injection sites and 1 inch (2.5cm) away from the belly button.
  • Insert the needle at a 90 degree angle to the body.
  • If you get any drops of Dacepton® on the skin, wipe it away ensuring the skin stays dry.
  • Massaging the skin may be helpful to prevent skin nodule formation.
  • Do not inject into a skin fold or scar tissue
  • Do not inject into an area of skin that is sore, red, infected or damaged.

 

Site rotation

Rotating the injection sites is really important in preventing skin reactions when treating patients with Dacepton®.  The picture below shows the commonly used injection site that can be used. D-mine® Pump patients may consider using a different site for every day of the week.