Nurses from the Department of Specialty Nursing at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) show the proper way of injecting insulin and storing it.
How to inject insulin - A step-by-step guide
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1. Wash both your hands with soap and water.
2. Dry your hands with a tissue paper or a hand towel.
3. Select the injection site at the abdominal area.
4. Cleanse the injection site with an alcohol swab.
5. Wait for the alcohol to dry.
6. Lift the skinfold using a thumb and the index finger.
7. Inject insulin at 90 degrees perpendicular to the injection site.
8. Inject the dose by pressing the circular tip all the way in at a steady speed.
9. Withdraw the insulin syringe and apply light pressure on the injection site using a cotton wool swab/alcohol swab.
10. Discard the used insulin syringe into a container (e.g. plastic bottle subsequently sealed with a cap) before disposing it into the rubbish bin.
How to store insulin vials
At room temperature (max. approximately 25-30°C for 4 weeks.
Once the vial is in use, it need not be kept in a fridge.
Label each vial with a date on the sticker.
Brand new insulin
In the fridge at 2-8°C.
Do not store insulin in the freezer!
Insulin should be removed from the fridge at least 30 minutes before injecting.
Always check the expiry date before using the insulin.
Note: Each insulin vial is for single patient use only.
See page 2 for how to mix short-acting and intermediate-acting insulin.
See page 1 for
how to draw insulin from a vial using a syringe.
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