To aspirate or not to aspirate - page 2

Do you aspirate for blood when you give an insulin sub q injection? What are the pros and cons? My facility bases it's policy on our pharmacy's policy, which is TO aspirate. None of the nursing... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    i found this link from abbott diabetes care.
    it's a long link to type out...hope it works.

    http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/ad...swer_00011.htm

    and i have never aspirated either.

    leslie
  2. by   leslie :-D
    ok, the link didn't work.

    www.abbottdiabetescare.com/

    if you type "aspirate" in the search box, it will yield one result.

    click on the blue typed "insulin".
    it is the 14th question down.

    question: "injecting insulin-aspirate?"

    anyway, the answer is there.
    no, you do not aspirate.
    and the q/a is from 3/06.

    leslie
  3. by   bigsyis
    Hmmm. I haven't given any in a couple of years, but it is good to know what is considered correct now.
    We were taught not to aspirate when giving Heparin (and Lovenox, later), but always to aspirate when giving insulin.
  4. by   Larry in Florida
    Quote from Inquisitive one
    Do you aspirate for blood when you give an insulin sub q injection? What are the pros and cons? My facility bases it's policy on our pharmacy's policy, which is TO aspirate. None of the nursing schools in the area teach this and some of our new nurses are having difficulty remembering to do this. What have you been taught? Thanks.
    You do not aspirate when giving insulin SQ.
    Larry RN in Florida

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