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Preparing a Glucagon Injection

Glucagon emergency kit

Photo of a glucagon emergency kit

A glucagon emergency kit has a syringe that contains liquid (diluent), and a bottle that contains the medicine glucagon.

Remove the bottle seal: Step 1

Photo of removing the seal from the glucagon medicine bottle

Remove the seal from the top of the bottle. Don't touch the rubber part that is at the center of the bottle top.

Remove the needle cover: Step 2

Photo of taking the cover off the needle of the syringe

Take the cover off the needle of the syringe.

Remove the plunger lock: Step 3

Photo of removing the syringe plunger lock

Remove the plunger lock, the plastic clip that keeps the plunger in place.

Insert the needle: Step 4

Photo of inserting the needle into the medicine bottle

Insert the needle of the syringe into the bottle that contains the medicine.

Push the plunger: Step 5

Photo of pushing the syringe plunger

Push the plunger of the syringe to force the diluent from the syringe into the bottle.

Remove the needle: Step 6

Photo of replacing the needle cover

Remove the syringe needle from the bottle. Then put the cover back on the needle.

Mix the contents: Step 7

Photo of mixing the contents in the medicine bottle

Turn the bottle back and forth to mix the contents.

Reinsert the needle and draw out the medicine: Step 8

Photo of pulling the glucagon medicine into the syringe

Insert the needle of the syringe into the bottle again, then turn the bottle upside down and pull back on the plunger to draw the dose of glucagon into the syringe.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Last RevisedJune 29, 2011

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