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What steps should I follow for injecting insulin?

When injecting insulin, follow these steps:

  1. Gently pinch a fold of skin between your thumb and forefingerand inject straight in if you have a normal amountof fatty tissue. For a thin adult or a small child, you may need to inject on a 45-degree angle.
  2. Push the needle through the skin as quickly as you can.
  3. Relax the pinch and push the plunger in to inject theinsulin.
  4. Pull the needle straight out.
  5. Cover the injection site with your finger or a cotton ball orgauze and apply slight pressure for 5 to 8 seconds—but donot rub. Rubbing may spread the insulin too quickly orirritate your skin.
  6. Write down how much insulin you injected and the timeof day.
  7. Cover the injection site with your finger or a cotton ball orgauze and apply slight pressure for 5 to 8 seconds—but donot rub. Rubbing may spread the insulin too quickly orirritate your skin.
  8. Write down how much insulin you injected and the timeof day.

 

     

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