Diabetes product packaging challenges consumersBy Mayo Clinic staff
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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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Diabetes product packaging challenges consumers
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
Hello fellow bloggers,
This week's blog will be short and sweet. I have a gripe about some of the current methods of packaging. In fact, did you know there is a School of Packaging at Michigan State University? My question is, what does one learn at these packaging schools; how to make life more difficult for the average consumer when it comes to opening products?
The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders changed the packaging world forever. Seven people died after taking pain-relief capsules that had been laced with potassium cyanide. This horrendous event spurred the onset of tamper proof packaging.
How many of you have been faced with opening the hard plastic seamless sealed packages that blood glucose meters are sold in? One needs a bowie knife to open these packages. I have to wonder how many individuals have been injured attempting to open one. My concern is for those people with diabetes who are faced with dexterity issues from aging, peripheral neuropathy or carpel tunnel syndrome, which can occur frequently in individuals with diabetes.
Manufacturers have made positive strives in improving the ease of opening some packaging; for example, the lipped flip top lids on some of the blood glucose test strips. It's my understanding that the Apple computer company has come up with some innovative new packaging concepts, way to go.
Your ideas or comments?
Have a good week,