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Giving an Insulin Injection Into the Arm


Clean

Cleaning the area around the injection site

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

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

Stick it

Putting the needle into the skin

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

Relax

Relaxing the pinched skin

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

Inject and wait

Pushing in the plunger

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

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

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Last RevisedSeptember 20, 2012

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