How to prepare and draw up insulin

Drawing insulin from the vial is crucial because you do not want to expose it to germs or contaminate the solution. The insulin hormone is an essential protein in the human body. Technically, it helps the body to control levels of sugar. Imperatively, avoiding contaminating the vial content is very important.

Step one: Wash and dry hands.

Wash and dry your hands appropriately with sterilized towels or dry towels. Clean hands help keep viruses and bacteria from contaminating the vial content; maintaining cleanliness essentially helps an individual work in an orderly manner. It is important to remove the vial from the fridge at least 30 minutes before use.

Step two: Roll the vial bottle and clean the top of the bottle.

It is important to roll the insulin bottle between the palms at least 5 times, especially if the insulin is mixed. Mixed insulin is cloudy, while the quick-acting content of insulin is very clear. Next, clean the top of the bottle with an alcohol swab. Cleaning the top of the bottle with an antiseptic helps eradicate potentially bacterial or viral organisms on top of the bottle.

Step three: Drawing the right amount

Using the sterilized syringe, draw up the right amount of air first. The amount of air drawn should be equal to the required insulin dosage. The insulin is then drawn by pulling down the plunger. The insulin is drawn with the bottle down and the syringe and needle above it. The right amount of insulin is highly dependent on the dosage assigned by the physician or doctor. When already drawn, removal of air bubbles is necessary, often done by tapping the syringe gently with the finger or flickering the syringe. Expelling the bubbles helps in providing a smooth injection into the blood.