From Hawaii, USA:
I am currently giving insulin shots to my 74 year old father. I'm using the NovoPen 3 device to administer the shots. Although I've been given instructions by his physician I'm still having difficulty finding a fatty area as described by the doctor, due to my dad being thin in these areas. Also I have a hard time telling what is fat and what is muscle. At times the shot goes well where there's no bleeding, while other times there is a little bleeding and a some of the injected insulin seems to leak out. I'm very uncomfortable having this hit-or-miss sessions and hope you can give me some assistance in locations and techniques in giving shots.
- Use the shortest, smallest needle available for your father's Novopen.
- Using the areas of the back of the arm, top of the leg, stomach, buttocks, try pulling up on the skin before injecting.
- At the completion of the insulin injection, count to 5 before removing the needle. This should help stop the seeping of the insulin after the injection.
- Sometimes bleeding is caused by a slight movement of the needle while injecting. Once you pull the needle out, put slight pressure over the area.
- Find a diabetes educator to work with and help you problem solve if you haven't already. The national association of diabetes educators has a list of educators in your area. You can call 1-800-TEAM-UP-4 to get those names.
Original posting 13 May 1999
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
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