Subcutaneous Injection Instructions

Administering Subcutaneous (Sub-Q) Injections: A Step-by-Step Guide

Subcutaneous injections are a common method of administering medication into the fatty tissue layer just beneath the skin. At Invyncible, we understand that some of our patients may require subcutaneous injections as part of their weight loss journey. Whether you're self-administering injections at home or seeking guidance from a healthcare professional, it's essential to follow proper techniques to ensure safety and effectiveness. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to administer subcutaneous injections:

1. Gather Your Supplies

  • Sterile syringe and needle: Ensure that the syringe and needle are appropriate for subcutaneous injections and are sterile.

  • Medication: Prepare the medication prescribed by your healthcare provider according to their instructions.

  • Alcohol swabs: Use alcohol swabs to clean the injection site and prevent infection.

  • Bandage or adhesive strip: Have a bandage or adhesive strip on hand to cover the injection site after administration.

2. Choose the Injection Site

  • The common site for subcutaneous injections include the abdomen (around the navel).

  • Rotate sides of the navel each injection to prevent tissue damage and ensure optimal absorption of the medication.

  • Consult with your healthcare provider to determine the most suitable injection site for your medication and individual needs.

3. Prepare the Injection Site

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Clean the injection site with an alcohol swab in a circular motion, starting from the center and moving outward. Allow the area to air dry.

4. Prepare the Injection

  • Draw the prescribed medication into the syringe according to the dosage recommended by your healthcare provider.

  • Remove any air bubbles from the syringe by gently tapping it and pushing the plunger until all air is expelled.

5. Administer the Injection 

  • Pinch the skin at the chosen injection site to create a small fold of tissue.

  • Hold the syringe like a pencil or dart at a 45 to 90-degree angle to the skin.

  • Insert the needle quickly and smoothly into the fold of skin at the chosen injection site.

  • Slowly push the plunger to inject the medication into the subcutaneous tissue.

  • Once the medication is fully injected, withdraw the needle at the same angle it was inserted.

  • Apply gentle pressure to the injection site with a sterile gauze pad to help prevent bleeding.

6. Dispose of Supplies

  • Safely dispose of used syringes, needles, and any other disposable supplies in a puncture-proof container according to local regulations.

7. Monitor for Side Effects

  • After administering the injection, monitor for any potential side effects or adverse reactions. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any concerning symptoms.

8. Follow Up

  • Follow any additional instructions provided by your healthcare provider regarding post-injection care and follow-up appointments.

Please note that these instructions are intended as a general guideline and should be supplemented with guidance from a qualified healthcare professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider before administering any injections or medications. If you have any questions or concerns about subcutaneous injections or your weight loss program, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at Invyncible. We're here to support you every step of the way on your journey to better health and wellness.