Re: How to give insulin shots in the stomach
Avoid a 2-inch radius circle about the umbilicus. Also, avoid the immediate groin, and the "fold" area where the upper thighs meet the torso. "Safe" area is from 1 inch above the leg/torso fold, 1 inch above the groin pouch, anywhere you can put two hands on the abdomen, just avoiding the umbilicus and the aureoli and nipples.
Select the site of your injection based on a "rotating" pattern of sites, never using the same site consecutively. This pattern should contain at least 10-15 sites, and more is better.....
First, cleanse the injection site with an alcohol swab or cotton and isopropyl alcohol.
Clean the top of the insulin vial and the needle with alcohol, too.
Fill the syringe with air to the required dosage, and insert the needle into the vial. Inject the air into the vial.
Without removing the needle from the vial, turn the vial upside-down and withdraw the dose from the vial. Check for air bubbles in the syringe. If there are any, push the dose back into the vial, and withdraw the dose again.
Check the syringe, holding it up to light, for any cloudiness of the insulin. Do not use insulin which appears cloudy.
Using your free hand, pinch about 1 inch of fatty tissue between your thumb and forefinger at the injection site. Insert the needle at a 45 degree angle to the skin, to it's full length (assuming about a 1/2 inch needle, typical on insulin syringes) and squeeze the plunger to inject all the insulin in the syringe.
Wait 5 seconds after injecting and before withdrawing the needle from your body.....