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How to Inject Insulin Using a Syringe | Nucleus Health

October 14, 2019

This video will teach you how to inject your
insulin using a syringe. Please watch the entire video before injecting your insulin.
Your healthcare provider may recommend that you inject insulin using a syringe to help
you control your blood sugar level. Injecting insulin with a syringe involves choosing an
injection site, preparing the syringe and insulin, and then injecting the insulin into
your body. Your healthcare professional will tell you what type of insulin you need as
well as when and how much you need to inject. You will need alcohol wipes, your bottle of
insulin, a new syringe for each injection, and a sharps disposal container to throw away
the used syringes. A disposable syringe has the following parts: a barrel, a plunger,
a needle cap, and a needle. Selecting the Injection Site
Before injecting your insulin, select the inection site on your body. The areas for
insulin injection include the abdomen or belly, upper arms, the thighs, and the buttocks.
When selecting the injection site, be sure you use a different spot each time you give
yourself an injection. Leave at least one inch away from the last injection spot, inject
your insulin at least two inches from your belly button, and choose a spot at least one
inch or farther from any scar or mole. Preparing the Syringe and Insulin
Step One: wash your hands with soap and water and then dry them. Step Two: If your insulin
needs to be mixed, gently roll the bottle between your hands. Do not shake the bottle
because it may cause bubbles to form in your insulin. Before injecting yourself, check
the insulin in the bottle to make sure it is the type of insulin your doctor prescribed
for you, not past the expiration date, and the insulin is free of clumps. Step Three:
remove the cap from your insulin bottle. Use an alcohol wipe to clean the rubber stopper
on the top of the bottle. Step Four: Remove the syringe from its package. Be sure to use
a new syringe each time you inject insulin. Step Five: remove the needle cap from the
syringe. Do not touch the needle or allow it to touch any surface, and do not use the
syringe if the needle is bent. Some syringes have a cap over the plunger that you may need
to remove as well. Step Six: pull back the plunger to draw in an amount of air that is
equal to your insulin dose. Step Seven: Hold your insulin bottle securely on a flat surface.
Push the needle through the rubber on the top of the bottle. Push the plunger to inject
the air into the insulin bottle. Leave the needle in the bottle. This helps to keep the
right amount of pressure in the bottle and makes it easier to draw insulin into the syringe.
Step Eight: With the needle still in the bottle, turn the bottle and syringe upside down. Step
Nine: Pull back the plunger to fill the syringe will just a little more than the insulin dose
you need. If you see air bubbles, tap the barrel of the syringe with your finger to
make them rise to the top. Slowly, push in the plunger just enough to push out the air
and extra insulin. Step Ten: Carefully check to make sure the amount of insulin in the
syringe matches your insulin dose. Pull the needle out of the bottle and carefully lay
the syringe on a flat, clean surface. Make sure the needle does not touch anything.
Injecting the Insulin Step One: Clean your injection site with an
alcohol wipe. Use a circular motion to clean a spot about two inches wide. Step Two: Pinch
a two-inch fold of skin in the clean injection site. Step Three: Hold the syringe like a
pencil and quickly insert the needle straight into your skin at a 90-degree angle. Make
sure the whole needle enters your skin. Step Four: Push the plunger all the way down to
inject the insulin into the fat tissue beneath your skin. Slowly, count to five before removing
the needle to make sure you have injected all of the insulin. Step Five: Pull the needle
straight out to remove it. Step Six: Throw away the syringe into your sharps disposal
container. Never throw your syringes or needles directly into the trash. Contact your healthcare
provider if you have questions about injecting your insulin or if your blood sugar level
stays above or below your target range.

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  • Reply Rivon November 16, 2015 at 6:03 am

    .-. so this is so careful about air and all. my cat had diabetes, ergo she needed insulin. my mom*a vet* told me to not worry about air bubbles since it's not directly into her vains.

  • Reply Oscar Jørgensen November 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    why am i watching a video about injecting insulin. i was watching funny dogs just a minute ago

  • Reply Fatima Binte Zahir November 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    good job

  • Reply Courtney Courteau November 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    why shouldn't you throw the syringe in the trash?

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    05:23 NO RECAPPING !

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    Just nice.

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    That was very helpful
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    My diabetic grandma needs to see this video! She always threw her needles in the trash and shakes her bottle to mix the insulin. Where can she get one of those sharp disposal containers?

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  • Reply VVarrio October 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    3:23, that's my favorite part. That's 30 units of insulin, I use to get confused on how far to pull back but as you can you need it below that bottom point of the plunger..

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    I'm confident to inject insulin to my beloved father in law
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    syringe and needle in this shop is good.

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    Thank you

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  • Reply Jessica R May 30, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Watching this before injecting my grandma

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    WOW FINALLY!!! Now I finally have a beautiful informative video to show my patients!

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  • Reply Md Ayub December 30, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Step Five: Pull the needle straight out to remove it.
    Very important point.👍👍👌👌👌
    Thank you for this tip.

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    Thank you

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    What happens if insulin injected by mistake..?

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    Or u can use a mechanical pencil

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  • Reply Kotla Anandanandkumar April 21, 2019 at 8:15 am

    One Insulin syringe how time used
    One time or multiple times
    Plz clarify sir

  • Reply Robert Peters April 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    If you don't have a syringe, can you use a marinade injector??

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    I’m here from the act

  • Reply SUNIL KUMAR May 10, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Really helpful video about insulin injection. Thanks

  • Reply FaiQa BhAt May 25, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you so much but if blood came out after injecting insulin, then is there any danger or threat

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    am in kerala …more effective information …Thank you 👍

  • Reply Nicole M. June 12, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I'm terrified of needles but I may have to start doing this as I've got gestational diabetes 🙁

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    Great and useful

  • Reply Pragalbh Mishra June 25, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Is it a serious problem to not use alcohol wipes?

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  • Reply mohammed alshareif July 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

    The label of this video should " Injecting insulin for dummies " .

  • Reply Agentsheep HD September 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Anyone use the pen type?

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  • Reply mubeena j October 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    After injecting insulin in our body,can we rub that place ? If we rub it ,its affect our body and that injected part .plzz reply

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