Injection Technique: The Top 5 Tips
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Why is injection technique important?
If you are one of the over 200,000 Canadians who inject insulin on a daily basis, you know that insulin is vital to help control your diabetes.
But did you know that the way you inject it is important, too?
Injecting insulin properly means delivering the insulin where the body can absorb it best. That’s in the layer of fatty tissue that lies between the skin and muscle, called the “subcutaneous” tissue. From there, the insulin gets into the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body.
The good news is that injecting into this area should be almost painless … there are no nerve endings in the subcutaneous layer.
Tip 1: Choose a good site
Tip 2: Rotate your injection site
Don’t inject into an area that feels hard, lumpy, or his visible scar tissue.
Tip 3: Prepare your injection site
Once you’ve chosen the area where you’re going to inject, a bit of preparation of that area is important before you make the injection.
Injections should always be made with clean hands into a clean injection area, to minimize the risk of infections. The best way to do this is to wash your hands and the injection area with soap and water before you inject.
You don’t need to disinfect the injection site with alcohol before an injection. But if you do, wipe the area with an alcohol swab, and make sure the area is completely dry before you inject. If the area isn’t dry, you may find the injection will sting a bit.
Tip 4: Don’t inject too deeply
Injecting insulin into your muscles is not only painful … it will result in poor absorption of the insulin into your body.
Here are a few suggestions to get your insulin injections into the correct spot … the subcutaneous layer of fatty tissue between the skin and muscle:
Tip 5: Use your needles safely
- Always use a fresh needle every time you inject. Re-using needles can increase the risk of infection … or your risk of a needle-stick injury if you try to recap them. Starting with a fresh needle is essential.
- Dispose of your needles safely as soon as you are finished your injection. Place them into a sharps container or empty detergent bottle immediately afterwards, to help protect your loved ones, pets or others from an accidental needle-stick. Keep this container closed tightly, and dispose of it when full, following the guidelines of your local sanitation department.
- BD Ultra-Fine™ Nano™ 4mm x 32G Pen Needles
- FreeStyle InsuLinx™
- TEVA Canada Limited
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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