Friday, June 7, 2024

Subcutaneous Insulin Injection Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide for People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Way insulin injections under the skin:

here's a general overview of insulin injection steps, emphasizing safety and best practices:
Important Note:  Always follow the guidance provided by your healthcare professional for safe and effective insulin injection techniques.

Insulin injection steps:

General Steps for Insulin Injections (Always consult a healthcare professional for specific instructions):
  • Prepare your supplies: Gather insulin, syringe, alcohol swabs, and a sharps container for disposal. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Choose an injection site: Rotate injection sites to prevent irritation. Common areas include the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and buttocks.
  • Clean the injection site: Wipe the chosen area with an alcohol swab and let it dry completely.
  • Prepare the syringe: Follow your healthcare professional's instructions for filling and priming the syringe with the correct insulin dosage.
  • Inject the insulin: Pinch the skin at the injection site to create a small fold. Insert the needle at the recommended angle (usually 45 or 90 degrees, depending on your body type and needle length). Do not inject into a vein.
  • Administer the insulin: Push the plunger slowly and steadily to inject the insulin.
  • Withdraw the needle: Remove the needle from the skin straight up.
  • Dispose of the syringe: Safely dispose of the used syringe in a sharps container. Do not recap the needle.
  • Apply gentle pressure: You may apply gentle pressure to the injection site with a cotton swab, but avoid rubbing or massaging the area.

Additional Tips:

  • It's important to store insulin according to your healthcare professional's instructions.
  • Never share needles or syringes with others.
  • Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly as instructed by your doctor.
  • Report any problems or concerns about insulin injections to your healthcare professional.

Remember, this information is for general knowledge only.  Always refer to your healthcare professional for personalized insulin injection training.