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Old 12-15-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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How to give insulin shots in the stomach

How to give insulin shots in the stomach

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Old 12-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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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.....

Old 12-16-2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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Re: How to give insulin shots in the stomach

TFEEL did a great job of clinical instruction on how to properly administer your own shots.
As mentioned, a rotation of various sites is a must, because if you dont rotate properly or if your shots locations are too close together, you will develop a hard lump-like substance under your skin in the injection area of repetitive shots.
These lumps HURT! I know, but also what will happen is the insulin in those areas can not absorb into your system effectivly and this will affect your BS readings.
One more thing, your stomach area is the fastest absorbtion area for insulin. So keep that in mind too when giving premeal shots. And shots into your legs will absorb faster too, if you are using your legs more than the norm, ie going for a jog or pushing out some weights in the gym.

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