Giving Insulin With A Syringe
Diabetes Lab eTraining Slide 14

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  1. Get supplies: insulin, syringe and needle , alcohol wipe, gloves & sharps container
  2. Wash hands and apply gloves. 
  3. Have student select injection site 
  4. Clean the injection site and wait to dry
  5. Verify the type of insulin before drawing into the syringe.
  6. Clean the rubber top of the insulin vial with an alcohol swab.
  7. Remove the cap from syringe.  Do NOT touch the needle.
  8. Pull the plunger down to the number of units to be administered.
  9. Insert the needle into the vial and push the plunger in with the syringe tip down.  This will inject air into the vial.
  10. With the needle still the in bottle, turn the vial and syringe upside down and pull the plunger down to number of units of insulin to be administered.
  11. Check the insulin dose. Reverify 5 Rights 
  12. Pinch up the skin
  13. Push the needle into the skin at 90 degrees.  Do not insert the needle at an angle
  14. Release pinch
  15. Push the plunger in
  16. Remove needle and dispose of syringe in approved sharps container. Never re-cap.
  17. Document time, dosage, site, and blood glucose value



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