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    Giving an Insulin Injection Into the Arm

    Giving an Insulin Injection Into the Arm

    Clean

    Cleaning the area around the injection site
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    Clean the area of skin where you will give the injection. If you use alcohol to clean the skin, let it dry. Remove the cap from the syringe.

    Pinch up

    Pinching up the skin
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    Using your knee, push up the back of your arm to create a "pinched-up" area.

    Stick it

    Putting the needle into the skin
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    Push the needle all the way into the pinched-up area.

    Relax

    Relaxing the pinched skin
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    Lower your knee slightly so that the back of your arm is no longer pinched up.

    Inject and wait

    Pushing in the plunger
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    Push the plunger of the syringe all the way in. Count to five before taking the needle out.

    Needle safety

    Throwing away the needle in a solid plastic container
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    Throw away the needle in a sharps container or other solid plastic container. You can get a sharps container at your pharmacy.

    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
    Last Revised July 11, 2013

    Last Revised: July 11, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology

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