How to inject insulin

To take your insulin injection with a pen:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before injecting.
  • Put a new needle onto your pen and dial up your dose.
  • Raise a fold of fatty flesh slightly between your thumb and fingers.
  • Put the needle in- if you are particularly slim, you may need to put the needle in at a 45 degree angle to avoid injecting into the muscle.
  • Push the plunger, to inject the dose. Count at least 10 seconds.
  • Remove the needle from the pen.

Injecting insulin with a vial and syringe

  • Wash your hands and keep insulin, syringe, cotton, alcohol ready.
  • Rol the vial of insulin especially if it is milky one for 10-15 times between your hands and clean the top of vial with alcohol.
  • Draw in air according to the number of insulin units. Push this air in insulin vial and draw insulin into the syringe.
  • Make sure there is no air in the syringe before injecting.
  • Keep the needle under your skin for at least 6 seconds to make sure that the full dose has been delivered.

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1. Estimated from IDF 7th Atlas 2015
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