Any person with diabetes who takes insulin knows the horrible sound of a shattered vial. Whether you're clumsy or not, breaking a vial of insulin is likely to happen to anyone. These medicine containers are made of thin glass and are very fragile.
At roughly $200 per unit, breaking a vial of your life-saving diabetes medicine is a disaster, especially when your medical insurance limits your monthly deliveries.
Surprisingly, most diabetics don't even know insulin vial protectors exist. For a few dollars only, these reusable protective sleeves can literally save you hundreds of dollars worth of insulin.
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Why you should use an insulin vial protector
Insulin vial protectors are protection sleeves usually made of rubber silicone that protect your fragile glass bottles from breakage as well as bacteria contamination in some cases.
Insulin is most commonly delivered in auto-injectable pens or vials (small glass bottles). If you're using insulin vials to inject your medicine with syringes or to refill your insulin pump reservoir, you must know that your containers are highly breakable. They're made with very thin glass that shatters easily when dropped on hard floors.
If you want to avoid losing hundreds of dollars worth of medicine, an insulin vial protector should be part of your essential diabetes accessories.
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Prevent insulin vials from breaking
Who hasn't dropped or been very close to dropping an insulin vial on the floor? If you're using insulin in vials, you're probably manipulating these little things several times a day.
Whether at home or traveling, the risk of an unfortunate accident is high. Once broken, your vials are good for the trash, and there’s no way you can save the insulin that’s all over the floor.
Insulin vial protectors are very efficient in that matter. These sleeves are made with flexible silicone and have a bouncing effect on impact to provide strong shatter-proof protection.
Most vial protectors are efficient for drops as high as 12 feet.
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Protect insulin against contamination
The top surface of an insulin vial is not protected and stays open in contact with the ambient air. While it’s handy and allows you to quickly draw medicine from the vial, it's not very sanitary.
First, dust may accumulate on top of your vial. But that's not all. When your vials are stored in the fridge, they may be in direct or indirect contact with foods. Besides, although you're supposed to wash your hands before manipulating your medicine, it's not always possible or 100% efficient. And if you have kids, you know their tiny dirty hands touch everything that's in their line of sight!
Although it’s rare, biological contamination of insulin vials can happen. A good way to protect your insulin and make sure it stays safe for use is to choose an insulin vial protector with a sanitary lid protection.
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Can save $$$ worth of insulin
Insulin vial protectors usually cost no more than a few dollars, and they're reusable an infinite number of times.
Depending on the insulin type and brand you're using, breaking one vial only can cost you as much as $300. In the USA, the average price of a vial of insulin is around $200. Half a second of clumsiness or distraction and it's that much money in the trash.
Why take the risk?
4AllFamily’s insulin vial protector
4AllFamily specializes in designing convenient accessories for people living with diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Right behind our insulin travel coolers, one of our best-selling products is our insulin bottle protector.
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4AllFamily's insulin vial protectors
An affordable and convenient vial protection
4AllFamily's insulin vial protector is made with hypoallergenic flexible silicone and has passed the most extreme drop tests to provide rock-solid protection.
The fabric has been carefully chosen to provide a comfortable and non-slippery grip. It's super easy to put on and off. All you have to do is slip your insulin bottle inside the protective sleeve and put the cap on top.
The thick silicone cover bounces on impacts. It dissipates the force of the impact, shielding the vial from destruction.
We’ve designed it with a viewing window. It’s very convenient because you do not have to take the protector out every time you want to check the label, the expiration date, or the amount of insulin that’s left inside your vial.
For less than $15 a pair, our protective sleeves are reusable forever!
Offers both shatterproof and sanitary protection
We wanted to make sure you're fully covered, so we've added a sanitary lid to our insulin vial protectors. Not only do our silicone sleeves prevent your insulin vials from shattering in case they drop on hard floors, but they also provide anti-bacterial and dust protection.
Our patented flip-flop cap design prevents dust from accumulating on top of your vial and keeps your medicine neat and clean in any situation.
It’s super easy to close and open whenever you need to draw insulin from your container. Besides, it’s attached to the protector, so you never lose it!
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Fits most insulin vials
Insulin vials may have different formats and sizes. While most of them are 10ml and have the same dimensions, the flexibility of the material we use allows us to fit most bottles.
The short model is made to fit vials of Fiasp, Humalog, Humulin, Levemir, Lispor, Luymjev, Novolin, Novolog, NovoRapid, Tresiba, and insulin Aspart. It's also compatible with most insulin vials for dogs like Caninsulin or Vetsulin.
The tall model fits vials of Lantus, Apidra, and Admelog.
Compatible with syringes and insulin pumps
Unlike most of our competitors' products, you do not need to remove the insulin vial cover to refill your syringes or insulin pump reservoirs. All you need to do is open the top lid and close it back.
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