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DISCLAIMER: Do not do this.

The following describes a procedure for self-administration of chemicals under the skin.

Injection site:
  • Outside of arms
  • Lower abdomen
  • Front and side of thighs
  • Back above waist
  • Buttocks

Technique:

  1. Wash hands and injection site with antibacterial soap.
  2. Clean the injection site with isopropyl alcohol.
  3. Clean seal of chemical bottle with isopropyl alcohol
  4. Invert bottle of chemical and insert needle through rubber seal at an angle. Tip of needle should touch wall of bottle.
  5. Push plunger to expell any air from syringe
  6. Withdraw plunger, drawing chemical into syringe. Remove.
  7. Tap syringe while needle pointed up (yes, like on tv) in order to allow trapped air bubbles to rise to needle.
  8. Squeeze a drop or few out of syringe in order to expell air (no need to squirt across the room).
  9. Gently bunch up the skin at the injection site.
  10. Insert the needle straight into the skin. Use a dart like motion.
  11. Release the skin.
  12. Slowly push plunger and inject chemical.
  13. Quickly remove needle. Apply pressure with gauze.
  14. Put a band-aid on it.

Errata:
  • A small gauge needle is appropriate. Think 1/2-inch, 24-gauge.
  • S.c. injection slows absorbtion into the bloodstream.

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