Your doctor prescribed a medicine called heparin. It has to be given as a shot at home.
A nurse or other health professional will teach you how to prepare the medicine and give the shot. The provider will watch you practice and answer your questions. You may take notes to remember the details. Keep this sheet as a reminder of what you need to do.
To get prepared:
- Gather your supplies: heparin, needles, syringes, alcohol wipes, medicine record, and container for used needles and syringes.
- If you have a pre-filled syringe, make sure you have the right medicine at the right dose. DO NOT remove the air bubbles unless you have too much medicine in the syringe. Skip the section on "Filling the Syringe" and go to "Giving the Shot."