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Giving an Insulin Injection Into the Arm


Clean

Photo of a girl cleaning area around 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

Photo of a girl pinching skin

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

Stick it

Photo of a girl inserting needle into skin

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

Relax

Photo of a girl relaxing pinched up area

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

Inject and wait

Photo of a girl pushing plunger in

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

Needle safety

Photo of a person safely disposing needle

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 ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Last RevisedOctober 1, 2010

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