Drawing up insulin

  1. Hi guys, I need some advice. When drawing up the insulin I know to draw from the regular-fast acting first and then from the NPH or long acting last. I understand how to add them and such, my problem is that when I am drawing up the NPH I keep drawing up one unit over. I tried three times in check off and each time drew one unit over-so frustrating!!! ANd with mixed insulin we cannot adjust the dose after drawn, right? So any advice would be great. I started slowing down at 10 units, I needed 15, then when I started pulling the plunger i went right over to 16. I will check off for sub q tomorrow-hope I get this down!!
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  3. by   Lyssi1712
    I have drawn up insulin I don't know how many times over the past 2 years and I know what you're talking about. The only advice I can give is start draw it up slowly. When I'm doing it, I make sure I'm in a well lit area and I hold the syringe close to my face so I can see it well. One thing I do is when I'm almost there, I hold the plunger at the syringe so I have more control. Hope this helps!

  4. by   mom35
    Yes, that helps greatly and I passed my insulin subcutaneous check-off-thankyou!