Subcutaneous shots use quite a tiny needle that causes no pain or prick. Once you’ve done one you will not be intimidated anymore because it does not hurt. A subcutaneous injection, as illustrated in the figure to the best, is given in the fatty layer of tissue just below the skin.
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Wipe the head of the medication vial for injection with an alcohol pad.
Take away the needle guard (cover) from the needle & syringe, saving the needle guard. Be certain you are utilizing a proper needle for subcutaneous injections. Pull back on the syringe plunger to draw up an degree of air equal to the amount of medicine which will be utilized for the injection.
Holding the vial of medication in an upright position (such as sitting it on a table top), slowly insert the needle into the rubber stopper on top of the vial while holding the syringe barrel carefully. Do not bend needle. Then push the plunger to discharge all the air into the vial. This prevents vacuum.
With the needle in the vial, turn the vial upside down & hold each the vial plus the syringe together in one hand. The tip of the needle will need to be in the answer. Hold the vial between the thumb and forefinger, supporting the syringe with other hand, pull the plunger back in a slow, continuous motion till you’ve drawn into the syringe the level of medicine to be given. Make sure the needle stays in the fluid in vial. Do not touch inside of plunger.
Check for clear air bubbles inside of syringe. Insignificant bubbles aren’t harmful however take up space in syringe. With bubbles present, right volume of medication could not be ready. If air bubbles have formed in the syringe, dislodge them by gently tapping the syringe with your free hand while continuing to hold the syringe and vial in the inverted position. Bubbles must rise to the top of the syringe, after which you can push them back into the vial by moving the plunger & slowly pull the medicine into the syringe once more, stopping at the proper dose. Repeat this procedure till there are no big air bubbles in the syringe. On the whole double check to make sure you’ve the appropriate quantity of medicine in the syringe. If essential, draw more answer into the syringe.
Remove the needle from the vial by pulling it straight out.
Prepare the injection site by cleaning the vicinity with an alcohol swab. To do this start at the center, apply pressure, and cleanse in a circular motion working outward. Don’t retrace your steps.
Wait a number of seconds till the alcohol has dried. This reduces the sting. Hold the syringe as you would a pencil.
With your available hand, gently pinch up the skin at the injection site. Holding the syringe at a right angle to the site, insert the needle using a swift smooth motion. Going slowly will cause more pain. A 45 degree angle may be used for children or thin grown-ups.
When the needle is in place, slowly pull back on the plunger to see if any blood flows into the syringe. If a lot of blood does enter the syringe (a uncommon occurrence), take away the needle and try another injection site. If no blood enters the syringe, let go of the skin & slowly inject the medicine by gently pushing the plunger until the syringe is empty.
Put alcohol swab over needle gently, & pull needle out swiftly at the same angle it was inserted. Check for medication leakage at site. Apply pressure to the injection site with a dry, sterile gauze pad. You might note a drop of blood, although there is no cause for concern. If desired, apply a bandage. Properly dispose of the needle into a container that will be secure.
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