insulin injection sites selection

If you want best results of insulin you should know exact insulin injection sites. Insulin injections are injected into the less-sensitive layer of fatty tissue which is just under the skin. For insulin injections fatty tissue area is good because it contains less large blood vessels and nerves than other area. The fatty tissue areas are arms, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Insulin should be injected into the back of the upper arm. It is very difficult to inject the insulin using this site. If you want to inject an insulin injection into arms take the help of someone else otherwise place your upper arm over the back of a chair and try to pinch up the tissue. Always choose the site about three child’s finger above the elbow and just below the muscle-line.

When you select the abdomen area remember that you cannot use the area within one inch around your navel. If you choose the belt line area, it may irritate the injection site. If there is any surgical area avoid that part for an injection. Abdomen is the easiest place to inject the insulin. In the case of teens and children it is difficult to find the site on the abdomen because of the subcutaneous fat. To find the flatter places let them sit or lean forward slightly.

On thighs use middle and outer areas, from which you can pinch up tissues very easily. There are more fatty tissues closer to the hip. On the thigh choose a site one hand (child’s) above the knee and one hand below the groin.

On the buttocks it is very difficult to inject yourself. Ask someone to give you the injection or try yourself by standing in front of a mirror. You can use any area of the buttocks where you can pinch up the tissue. Generally people choose the upper outer quadrant of the buttock.

To prevent tissue damage like thick skin, indentations and bulging, you should rotate your injection sites. In damaged tissue all of the insulin may not be absorbed and insulin may not work properly. In this situation you cannot control your blood sugar. To avoid these complication keep a record of where you gave your last shot.

It is hard to remember previous injection site, but with the Injection Locator you can recall an exact injection site even five or six weeks later. It is proved that 65% insulin dependent diabetics have subcutaneous tissue damage problem. Systematically and regularly rotating injection sites technique can solve this problem. The injection locator is useful to identify the injection sites in different injection areas of a user’s body. It is used in many hospitals because of the nursing staff schedule, with the help of injection locator everyone can easily identify previous injection site. The injection locator is a simple tool. It is developed especially for diabetics but other people can also use this to rotate their injection sites. If you able to avoid subcutaneous tissue damage, you will get better results of absorption and distribution of the injected insulin.

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