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Drawing medicine out of a vial

Administering injections; Giving a needle; Giving insulin

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Some medicines need to be given with an injection. Learn the proper technique to draw your medicine into a syringe.

Get Ready

To get prepared:

Check Your Medicine

Carefully check your medicine:

Get the Vial Ready

Prepare your medicine vial:

Filling the Syringe With Medicine

Follow these steps to fill the syringe with medicine:

To remove air bubbles from the syringe:

References

Auerback PS. Procedures. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Medicine for the Outdoors. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:444-454.

Maxwell S. Therapeutics and good prescribing. In: Walker BR, Colledge NR, Ralston SH, Penman ID, eds. Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine. 22nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2014:chap 2.

Perry AG, Potter PA, Ostendorf V. Safe medication preparation. In: Perry AG, Potter PA, Ostendorf W, eds. Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2014:chap 20.

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Review Date: 1/14/2018  

Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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