How to Give an Insulin Injection

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1. Get the supplies you'll need:Lea este articulo

  • insulin bottle
  • syringe
  • alcohol swabs
  • container for the used syringe

2. Wash your hands.

3. Check the insulin bottle to make sure it hasn't expired.

4. Remove the lid from the insulin bottle.

5. Wipe the rubber top of the bottle with an alcohol swab.

6. Remove the cap from the syringe.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

Pull air into the syringe by pulling back on the plunger until its black tip is even with the line showing the dose you'll need.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

Push the needle through the rubber top of the bottle.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

Push the plunger so that the air goes from the syringe into the bottle.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

Turn the insulin bottle and syringe upside down. To pull insulin into the syringe, slowly pull back on the plunger until the top of its black tip is even with the line showing your dose.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

The most common places to inject insulin are the abdomen (belly), the back of the upper arms, the upper buttocks, and the outer thighs. Choose a place to make the injection, and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

Gently pinch the skin. Hold the syringe at a 90-degree angle to the skin, and push the needle all the way in.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.

Let go of the pinched skin, and slowly push the plunger to inject all of the insulin. Wait about 5 seconds before pulling out the needle. Don't just put the used syringe in the trash. Instead, put it in a plastic or metal container with a tight lid. When the container is full, be sure the lid is closed and put it in the trash.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: August 2010

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, talk with your doctor.



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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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