Need advice on giving insulin shot.

Nurses General Nursing


I was giving 2 units of insulin to the pts (who happened to be obese), when I noticed that both times, when I retracted the needed, the insulin dribbled back out. I have never had this problem before with non-obese pts.

Any clue why this happened, or any tricks to prevent this from happening?

Thank you.


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Specializes in NICU.

I saw that once in nursing school. My instructor was present and she said that sometimes the fluid follows the needle as you pull it out. You can prevent it by using your finger to press the skin toward the site as you pull the needle out. That should pinch the needle hole closed as you withdraw and it shouldn't come back out.


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Okay, I'm going to try that!

Follow up:

I did it! It worked! Thank you KRV.

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