Injections with a 6-mm insulin syringe*

 

01

Wipe the top of the insulin bottle with an alcohol swab. Arrange your supplies. Wash your hands. To expose the plunger, twist the white cap and then pull it off.

02

If you are taking cloudy insulin, roll the bottle between your hands until it is uniformly cloudy. To avoid the formation of air bubbles, do not shake the bottle of insulin.

03

To expose the needle, twist the orange needle shield and then pull it straight off, being careful not to bend the needle or let the needle touch anything.

04

Pull the insulin syringe plunger down; align the thin black line of the plunger (closest to the needle) with the desired number of units on the insulin syringe. You need the air in the insulin syringe equal to the amount of insulin you will take.

05

Hold the insulin syringe like a pencil. Push the needle straight through the center of the rubber top of the insulin bottle, and push the plunger down completely.

06

Leave the needle in the insulin bottle. Carefully turn the bottle and the insulin syringe upside down so the bottle is on top.




07

Pull the plunger down slowly. Align the thin black line of the plunger (closest to the needle) with the desired number of units on the insulin syringe.

08

If air bubbles appear in the insulin syringe, inject the insulin back into the vial. Then redraw the insulin following steps 6 and 7.

09

Confirm the dose is correct, and then clean a small area of skin. Let it dry completely before injecting.

10

Hold the insulin syringe like a pencil. Pinch up your skin, and push the needle quickly through the skin at 90 degrees (straight in) to the skin surface. Push the insulin in with the plunger. Pull the needle out of your skin. Release the skin pinch-up.

11

Do not recap used needles. Use the needle once and dispose of it properly.


Notes

*Always check your pen or insulin syringe needle manufacturer's Instructions-for-Use and your insulin expiration date.