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HOW TO DO GIVE SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION?
- Wash your hands.
- Prepare the injection site by cleaning the area with an alcohol swab.
- Wipe the top of the vial with a different alcohol swab
- Remove the needle guard from the needle. Be sure you are using a proper syringe for subcutaneous injections. Pull back on the syringe plunger to draw up an amount of air equal to the amount of somatropin that has been prescribed.
- Hold the vial of medication in an upright position and insert the needle straight through the center of the rubber stopper in the vial. Then push the plunger to discharge all the air into the vial.
- With the needle in the vial, turn the vial upside down and hold it in one hand. The tip of the needle should be in the solution. Using your free hand, pull the plunger back in a slow, continuous motion until you have drawn into the syringe the amount of somatropin that has been prescribed.
- 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 should rise to the top of the syringe, and then you can push them back into the vial by moving the plunger.
- Remove the needle from the vial.
- With your free 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 quick smooth motion. Going slowly will cause more pain.
- When the needle is in place, slowly pull back on the plunger to see if any blood flows into the syringe. If some blood does enter the syringe (a rare occurrence), remove the needle, discard the syringe and medication, and prepare another injection.
- If no blood enters the syringe, slowly inject the somatropin by gently pushing the plunger until the syringe in empty.
- Remove the needle quickly. If desired, apply a bandage.