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How to Properly Rotate Your Insulin Injections Mr. Robert Roscoe BSc. Pharm, ACPR, CDE, CPT Pharmacist
Insulin is best absorbed when it’s injected into healthy tissue. When you inject in the same spot over time, you develop something called lipohypertrophy, or lipos, or scar tissue, which is a thick, rubbery tissue develops in a subcutaneous area where you do your injections.
Understanding Proper Insulin Injection Technique Mr. Robert Roscoe BSc. Pharm, ACPR, CDE, CPT Pharmacist
Well the first thing you really should do is just gather all your supplies and bring them to one area. Once you have that done then really what you should be doing is washing your hands to make sure you’re getting ready to do the injection. The third thing you should do is kind of look at your site, to inspect it to make sure it’s nice and clean. Usually your day-to-day hygiene is enough, you really don’t need alcohol swabs. And then once you have the injection site picked out, then you get prepared to get the injection read
Lipohypertrophies, or lipos, are the development of scar tissue in the subcutaneous fat layer where you do your insulin injections. They feel like a thick, rubbery consistency underneath the skin. The issue with those is that sometimes you can feel them more than see them. Injecting into a lipo changes how insulin is absorbed. So, when people inject into the lipos, they may find they’ll have bigger swings in their blood sugars or may actually have unexpected lows because of i