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Old 01-31-2013, 11:44   #1
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For anyone who doesn't know what that is, it is meant to revive an unconscious, hypoglycemic diabetic.

It is over $100 and you need a prescription for it, but I think anyone on insulin should have one around. It's about 1/15 the cost of an ambulance.

I have one and let everyone I live with know where it is and gave them the basic run down on how to use it. There is also an instruction sheet with it. Very unfortunately they had the chance to use it today. (sigh)

But after mixing the solvent with the solid and drawing it into the syringe, there was a couple of air bubbles. That didn't seem good, so they called an ambulance instead of using it. (sigh) (sigh)

After, I tried drawing some air into the syringe and tapping on it to get the bubble to the top, and then expelling it like I do with insulin. It was much harder to do than it is with an insulin syringe.

I understand that it is very bad for a bubble to get into the blood stream. (I haven't researched this, it's just from random comments that could be false.) But going into fatty tissue I think there should be no problem at all. Does anyone know if that's correct?

It seems the worst that could happen is that you get a bit of slightly foamy fat.

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Tiny air bubbles from an injection are pretty harmless in the venous system and completely benign in sub-q, fat or IM sites.

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Tiny air bubbles from an injection are pretty harmless in the venous system and completely benign in sub-q, fat or IM sites.
IM means intramuscular injections does it? And I can't even guess at what sub-q means. The fat part I do understand

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IM means intramuscular injections does it? And I can't even guess at what sub-q means. The fat part I do understand
Sorry, yes IM is intramuscular, and sub-q means subcutaneous

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Actually I dropped subcutaneous out of my vocabulary long time ago. It seems to be a strange description.

The first time I saw it, I wondered what it meant, putting a puddle of insulin under the skin and over the muscle? Since muscle injections are subcutaneous too, it's rather arbitrary to just use that term for fatty tissue injections.

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I spoke to a friend who is a medic and he said that many times the glucagon injections are used incorrectly more times than correct because family and friends get nervous. He said they are good to have on hand, but that your next protocol should be to either call an ambulance as soon as you've administered the injection or once you have administered it the people need to rush you to the hospital. He also said that even well trained people often mess the shots up. Don't be so hard on your friends. They wanted to make sure you're ok. Mine was $45 after insurance paid. It is worth it to have on hand but definitely still need to get to ER somehow.

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Sorry, yes IM is intramuscular, and sub-q means subcutaneous


subcutaneous = under the skin

Its very easy to do. I don't take insulin, but I take enbrel, an injectable sub-q. You just go under the skin, don't dig deep. The needle is short enough you couldn't go far, anyways. But do feel the injection site after the shot to see if there's a little bump, if so, massage it so its absorbed well. With Enbrel, it wouldn't matter, it would eventually be absorbed. But if you want something to work fast, like glucagon, massage it in.

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