1 The skin needs to be clean, but application of spirit, which hardens the skin, is not necessary.
2 Stretching the skin at the injection site is the best way to obtain a painless injection; in thin people it may be necessary to pinch the skin between thumb and forefinger of the hand.
3 The needle should be inserted briskly at 90 degrees to the skin, to its whole length.
4 Inject the insulin by depressing the plunger.
5 Withdraw the needle briskly.
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