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Why Do You Draw Up Short Acting Insulin Before Long Acting?

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Giving An Insulin Injection

GENERAL INFORMATION: What are the types of insulin syringes? Insulin syringes come in different sizes depending on the dose of insulin you need. Use the correct size syringe to make sure you get the right dose of insulin. Your caregiver or pharmacist will help you find the right size syringe for you. The following are general guidelines: If your dose is 50 to 100 units, use a 1 mL syringe. If your dose is 30 to 50 units, use a 1/2 mL syringe. If your dose is less than 30 units, use a 3/10 mL syringe. Where do I inject insulin? Inject insulin into the fat layer just under your skin. If the insulin is injected into the muscle, it gets absorbed into the blood stream too fast. You can inject insulin into your abdomen, outer upper arm, buttocks, hip, and the front and side of the thigh. Insulin is absorbed quickest when it is given in the abdomen. Use a different spot each time you give yourself an injection. This helps prevent changes to your skin such as lumps, swelling, or thickened skin. Do not inject insulin into areas where you have skin changes. It may not be absorbed well in these areas. If you use only 1 type of insulin at a time, do the following: Gather your insulin supplies: Continue reading >>

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  1. TheCommuter

    We draw up the clear insulin first due to the following rationale:
    1. Clear insulin will not significantly impact the action of cloudy insulin if we draw it up before drawing the cloudy insulin.
    2. On the other hand, even minute amounts of cloudy insulin will slow down the action of clear insulin if we draw the cloudy insulin first.
    3. The overarching point of drawing up 'clear before cloudy' is to prevent altering of the action of both insulins so they act as intended in our patients' bodies.

  2. Cell-Nurse

    Sorry, can you clarify this?
    They are going to mix in the syringe. How does drawing one up before the other impact the other at all when they are simply going to mix anyways?

  3. RNcali22

    I would think it's so that if you get any in the vial that will be used again you have less concerns when going clear to cloudy

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