Memory Tool The lower the gauge, the higher (bigger) the diameter. Diameter Gauge
Practice The needle hub attaches to the plunger tip. Ensure the needle is secure before you attempt to remove the needle cover. Note the angle of the needle bevel. Think: How should the needle enter the skin?
Practice Put on your clean gloves. Practice darting the needle into the injection pod. Do NOT ever let go of the syringe! “The hand that darts doesn’t let go!” Mrs. M. Practice placing the injection in the proper site and injecting fluid to the site. Use a dry sterile gauze on the site with pressure after removing the needle
Assess the needle length and angle
Giving insulin Rotate the sites. Mixing: ensure the insulins are compatible NPH: Regular then Regular: NPH Air in NPH (cloudy), Air in Regular (clear), turn over bottle, Draw up Regular (clear) then Draw up NPH (cloudy)