Dr. Oscar's Cheat Sheet to Insulin Injection Sites

Dr. Oscar's Cheat Sheet to Insulin Injection Sites

Hey friends Dr. Oscar buzzing in to share with you what I know about injection sites whether you still use shots or have an insulin pump.



First things first if you’re ready to take a shot you need to know where to place it correct ?

  1. The best place for insulin absorption is your stomach

  2. The next best place is your arm

  3. Third is your leg

  4. The place that absorbs at the slowest rate is your bottom

It’s very important that you change where you place your injection sites for shots every two weeks, and if you wear a pump you should change your site every three days. Try and go in a circle motion, for instance if you’re using your stomach for injection sites start at a 45 degree angle up from your belly button and work your way in a circle from that.

When you’re placing an injection site for an insulin pump it does a lot of the work for you with your inserter, as you always go in at a 90 degree angle. When you’re giving shots it’s a little different instead of going in straight you want to tilt the needle to a 45-90 degree angle as long as it’s going into the subcutaneous tissue.

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