- 05-06-2008, 04:17 PM
Today i was injecting Sub-q next to navel. I swabbed area w/ alcohol and inserted needle. I don't know what i did but hit a sore spot and accidentally pulled needle out. I should have tossed it but checked for air bubbles and reinserted.
It was stupid, I'm somewhat new to this and wasn't thinking. Know I'm kind of concerned. What's the chance of getting infection?
- 05-06-2008, 04:34 PM
05-07-2008, 07:22 AM
Anyone know if there is a way to avoid?
05-08-2008, 10:33 AM
The reason you don't reuse needles is because there only designed for single use. Try this, stick yourself with a fresh needle, then get a new needle or the same one and stick it into the rubber stopper of a vial about 3 times then stick yourself and you will notice a big difference, the smaller and sharper a needle is the less it hurts but the more easily it blunts.
I got a bruise 1st time I injected, not sure if I hit a blood vessel or not, but I have noticed blood a few times and have never got a bruise from it, there are 2 tricks to not getting a bruise, 1stly take it out the same angle you put it in, and don't move it around once its in, so be careful if you aspirate. I stick it in slowly but take it out fast, thats what works for me. Another trick is to rub the area in a circle after injection, I guess you should do this if you see blood, I assume this works on the same principle to why you hold down an injection site after you get a drip or needle in your vein, and it really works, I have had drips before and once I didn't hold it down and I had a huge bruise. Now I always make sure I hold it down and have never got a bruise from drips or blood work.
05-08-2008, 10:38 AM
05-08-2008, 10:41 AM
05-08-2008, 12:46 PM
06-02-2008, 10:35 AM
The needle gets damaged going through the rubber stopper, not from going through your skin. You can move to another injection site without wasting the dose.
You should not reuse needles. The sharp tip is somewhat damaged as it pierces the stopper. The damage you see on the package insert for needles is from access through the stopper, not from going through skin. You want to access through the thin area of the stopper too. When you reuse needles, they get damaged a second and third pass through the stopper. Those who reuse needles, have you ever had one get stuck? That is from the dull needle cutting out a latex plug from the stopper, like a cookie cutter. Do you really want to inject rubber bits and metal?
Try to use a unique spot in the stopper each time, because needle fragments can collect in the stopper. The fragments are very hard and they cause additional damage to the tip. You can end up with needle fragments under your skin from using them over. At 30 cents each, reuse of needles is false economy.
I hope you are remembering to aspirate the needle first to confirm you are not injecting into a blood vessel.
06-02-2008, 05:22 PM
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