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How to Give a Subcutaneous Injection

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    Steps To Prepare The Injection :

    1. Allow the medicine to come to room temperature if needed. (15-30 minutes).
    2. Wash your hands well.
    3. Check the medicine for the correct name and dose.
    4. Clean the top of the medicine bottle well with an alcohol swab. Let the alcohol dry.
    5. If needed, place the needle on the syringe, and remove the cap from the needle. Do not touch the needle
    or set it on any surface while it is uncovered.
    6. Pull air into the syringe equal to the amount of medicine to be given.
    7. Insert the needle into the top of the medicine bottle.
    8. Push the air into the medicine bottle.
    9. Turn the bottle upside down, pull back slowly on the plunger. Fill the syringe with the amount of
    medicine needed. If there is an air bubble, pull back a little more medicine.
    10. If air bubbles are present, tap the side of the syringe, so that the air goes to the top. Push the air out.
    11. Check the syringe again to make sure the dose is correct.
    12. Take the needle out of the medicine bottle. Replace the cap on the needle.

    Steps To Give The Injection:

    1. Wash your hands for 15 seconds.
    2. Find a site for the injection. This is usually the upper part of the thigh or upper arm.
    3. Clean the site with alcohol using friction. Let the alcohol dry.
    4. With your thumb and index finger, pinch a small area of skin with fat tissue.
    5. A:Insert the needle through the skin into the fat tissue at a 45 degree angle if you use a long needle
    (1/2 inch or 5/8 inch long) and have been taught this method.
    B:Insert the needle through the skin into the fat tissue at a 90-degree angle if you use a short needle
    (5/16 inch long) and have been taught this method.
    7. Pull back slightly on the plunger to see if blood comes into the syringe.
    (NOTE: do not pull back and check for blood when giving insulin)
    8. If there is blood, take the needle out, discard the needle and syringe, and start over
    9. If the medicine in the syringe is clear of blood, slowly push all the medicine into the tissue.
    10. After you remove the needle, gently press on the site with a dry gauze or tissue until the bleeding stops.
    Apply a Band-Aid to the site. Give your child a hug and tell him how brave he was.
    11. Wash your hands well again.


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  2. mvc

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    Its a good information for the pts as well as drs thanks from...
     

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    Why not aspirate when giving insulin?
     

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    She did aspirated it before the injection was given...good and well explanation except not good enough as the camera did not zooming while showing the angle of inj given...overall, great teaching videos..
     

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