Some medicines need to be given with an injection. Learn the proper technique to draw your medicine into a syringe.
Pull back the plunger to the line on your syringe for your dose. For example, if you need 1 cc of medicine, pull the plunger to the line marked 1 cc on the syringe. Note that some bottles may say ml. Cc and mL are the same amount of medicine.
Remove air bubbles from the syringe. Keeping the syringe tip in the medicine. Tap the syringe with your finger to move air bubbles to the top.Then push gently on the plunger to push the air bubbles back into the vial. If you have a lot of bubbles, push the plunger back up pushing all the medicine back into the vial. Draw medicine out slowly and tap air bubbles out. Double-check that you still have the right amount of medicine drawn up.
Administering injections; Giving a needle; Giving insulin
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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