How to Inject Insulin
Insulin therapy is the technique used to treat diabetes. Some patients need to understand the ways to effectively dispense this form of treatment. You may, however, try following tips:
- Get your hands washed and dry proper.
- Examine the medicine. Watch that it ought not to be out of date. Uncover it and remove the rubber lid applying a cotton swab.
- Get the vial rolled over your hand palm. Don’t mix the dose except when using insulin pens.
- Undo the syringe cap and adjust the plunger to your required level. This will allow the air get into the syringe.
- Pass the needle via the rubber of the vial. Press the plunger to route the air out of the syringe into the vial.
- Turn the vial upside down. Adjust the plunger to the desired level.
- Detach the syringe from the vial.
- Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean the spot to be injected.
- Nip the layer of the skin. Normally, insulin is to be inoculated into the fatty layer below the skin. Keep the syringe at 45o during injection. This degree of elevation is best suited to kids and thin adults. Many patients prefer the intramuscular mode of inoculation for insulin. In the process, direct the syringe at right angle. Finally, penetrate the needle!
- Softly press the plunger to liberate insulin.
- Gradually pull out the syringe and properly dispose it off.
Prescribed Sites for Insulin Inoculation:
- Area across abdominal cavity
- Upper back of arms
- Upper buttocks
- Thigh outskirts
- Insulin inoculation administered at alternating sites is the preferred practice.
- An area is prescribed to receive inoculation not more than 1-2 weeks. For instance, while you’re concurrently injecting abdomen, you may prick at points 1-2 inches apart. However, after 2 weeks you must alter area with outer thighs or buttocks, etc.
- Don’t inject insulin into muscles because the insulin pen happens to fall short of reaching deep down into the muscles and you get your skin pinched for nothing.
The therapy elicited above is quite demanding. It requires consistency in the sense that you inject insulin nearly into the same area daily and if the therapy extends over days, you ought to follow a definite schedule.
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