Health Tip: Insulin Shots
Administer them safely
(HealthDay News) - Many diabetics need to inject themselves with insulin to help regulate their blood sugar.
Here are instructions on how to administer an insulin shot, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
- Thoroughly wash your hands before handing any of the equipment.
- With an alcohol swab, clean the area of the skin to be injected, as well as the top of the insulin bottle.
- Pull back the syringe's plunger, insert it into the insulin bottle, and push the plunger so that air is injected into the bottle.
- With the bottle upside down, pull the plunger back again until the syringe is filled to the appropriate amount of insulin.
- If there are air bubbles, tap on the syringe with your finger, or inject the insulin back into the bottle and refill the syringe.
- Pinch a section of skin, usually on the thigh, arm or stomach, and inject the contents of the syringe at a 90-degree angle.
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