Steps for preparing a single dose of insulin
Follow these steps when preparing a single type
of insulin for an injection.
1. Roll the bottle (vial) gently between your
This will warm the insulin
if you have been keeping the bottle in the refrigerator.
Roll a bottle of cloudy insulin
until the white powder has dissolved.
2. Wipe the rubber lid of the insulin bottle with
an alcohol wipe or a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
If you are using a bottle
for the first time, remove the protective cover over the rubber lid.
3. Remove the plastic cap covering the needle
on your insulin syringe (without touching the needle).
4. Pull the plunger of the syringe back and draw
air into the syringe equal to the number of units of
insulin to be given.
Illustration of step 4.
5. Insert the needle of the syringe into the rubber
lid of the insulin bottle.
Push the plunger of the syringe
to force the air into the bottle.
This equalizes the pressure
in the bottle when you remove the dose of insulin.
Leave the needle in the bottle.
Illustration of step 5.
6. Turn the bottle and syringe upside down and
hold them in one hand.
Position the tip of the needle
so that it is below the surface of insulin in the bottle.
Pull back the plunger to fill
the syringe with slightly more than the correct number
of units of insulin to be
Illustration of step 6.
7. Tap the outside (barrel) of the syringe so
that trapped air bubbles move into the needle area.
Push the air bubbles back
into the bottle.
Make sure you now have the
correct number of units of insulin in your syringe.
Illustration of step 7.
8. Remove the needle from the bottle.
Now you are ready to give
Illustration of step 8.
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Last Updated December 6, 2004
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family
Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics
Alan Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology
Georgeanna J. Klingensmith, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology
David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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