How to Read an Insulin Syringe


If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you know someone who has, you might be overwhelmed with all the details surrounding insulin injections. However, there's one detail that you don't have to worry about. Reading an insulin syringe is easy, so if you know how much insulin you are supposed to inject, you'll be able to measure it without a problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Insulin syringe
  • Insulin

Familiarize yourself with the three main parts of the insulin syringe: the plunger, the barrel and the needle. The barrel contains the units of measurement, the plunger moves in and out of the barrel, and the needle allows the insulin to be injected into the body.

Lower the syringe into the insulin container until the tip of the needle is below the surface.

Pull up on the plunger slowly while looking at the measurements on the side of the barrel.

When the bottom of the plunger reaches the appropriate measurement on the barrel, stop.

Remove the syringe from the insulin and recheck the amount of insulin to ensure accurate dosage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the smallest syringe possible that will hold the proper dosage of insulin. The smaller syringes are easier to read because the measuring lines on the barrel are farther apart. Syringes come in the following sizes: .25 ml, .33 ml, .5 ml and 1 ml.
  • Make sure that you have measured the precise amount of insulin before giving the injection. Double-check with your doctor to make sure that you are taking the correct dosage of insulin.

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