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Tue Sep 17 16:38:02 UTC 2013

Please give tips regarding insulin storage during extended power outages. I do not have a generator but keep ice on hand for short outages.
Asked By: tebarb  
Category: Insulin

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I am type 2, using Lantus and Humalog. I know after reaching room temp that it must be used in 30 days. Due to insurance requirements though, I purchase 90 days of insulin at a time. Twice I have been without electricity for 5 days and took the insulin to a relatives' home. However, this may not always be possible. In the instance of a larger electrical issue, I would like to have a plan in place.
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Expert Answers (1)
2014-05-05 12:45:18.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Insulin can be kept at room temperature for 28 days. The following strategy can be used to keep medications cold:

  • Keep ice or frozen cold packs in the freezer and a small ice chest handy. If power goes out, medications that need to be refrigerated can be kept cold by placing them in the ice chest along with the ice or frozen cold packs.

    Read about Emergency Preparedness: Diabetes Management During a Crisis.

    Take care.

  • Answered By: Liz Quintana
    Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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    Community Answers (1)
    2014-07-12 16:22:21.0

    I keep the cold packs that come with my insulin in my freezer. I use them to keep my insulin cold. Since they are designed to keep insulin cold, they seem to be the best solution for me. If you have to use ice, use a cooler and keep it in a cool place. I place my insulin in plastic bags to keep the boxes dry. Hopefully you can continue to buy ice to refill the cooler. You can do it. Be creative.
    Answered By: marilynnes

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