Handling of Insulin
1. Wash your hands.
2. Get the insulin from the refrigerator.
3. GENTLY roll the insulin bottle in your hands several times to mix it. DO NOT SHAKE the bottle.
4. Remove the needle cover from the syringe.
5. Insert the needle through the rubber top of the insulin bottle.
6. Turn the bottle and syringe upside down in one hand. With your other hand, SLOWLY draw back on the plunger to obtain the correct dose.
7. Check the syringe for air bubbles. To remove air bubbles, tap the syringe barrel gently. Once they have risen to the top, slowly push the bubbles back into the bottle by depressing the syringe plunger. Then, measure the correct dose of insulin.
8. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR DOSE.
9. Remove the needle from the bottle Carefully cover the needle with the cap.
Giving the Insulin
1. Locate kitty. Initially, you may need to do this in a smaller room to decrease chances of escape. A distraction may prove invaluable; if kitty normally gets a small amount of canned food, now is the time to offer it.
2. Place kitty on a surface that will help you inject easily; e.g., a bathroom or kitchen counter. Once you are proficient, kitty probably will not notice the injection, or not care, and you can administer the injection while she is in her favorite chair or on the floor.
3. With one hand, gently pinch a fold of skin between the shoulder blades and pull upward to form a peak. This will create a surface away from your fingers in which to administer the insulin.
4. With your other hand, pick up the syringe and remove the cover from the needle.
5. Insert the needle through the skin, aiming below your fingers but above kitty’s body wall, keeping the syringe parallel to her spine.
6. Inject the insulin by depressing the plunger completely into the barrel of the syringe.
7. Pull the syringe straight out and release the skin.
8. With a dry finger, check for a damp spot on the fur. If you find one, you have likely put the insulin on kitty rather than in kitty. DO NOT REPEAT THE DOSE. You have no way of knowing how much, if any, went into kitty. It is safer to wait until the next dose and continue as normal. If the spot is dry, congratulations! You have given kitty her necessary insulin.
9. Dispose of the syringe in a proper container. For home diabetics, it is acceptable to place used needles in the sharps container in the household trash. A sharps container is included with the purchase of the U-40 Low dose syringes. DO NOT throw used needles loose into your trash; your trash service will be very unhappy. Alternately, we can dispose of your containers for you with our medical service, but since they charge us per container, we will need to charge you, also.