How do I use a pen needle?
Injecting will become (or already is) a routine, you no longer have to think about. However, during the first few weeks, it is helpful to have some guidance with the needle handling. If you have already been injecting for a long time, and feel like you want to check your technique in general – be our guest. Below, you find every little step explained in a picture with a description.
Step by step
Insert the cartridge into your pen. This does not apply if you inject yourself with a ready-to-use pen.
Always take a new pen needle.
Remove the peel paper.
Then place the whole container with the needle inside onto your injection device. Keep both parts straight.
Screw the needle onto your injection device. Make sure it is a tight fit.
Pull the needle container off and set it aside. You might need it later on.
Now, pull the small needle shield off without tilting it.
If you use mixed insulin, you need to tip it upside down 20 times. This ensures that the components are mixed properly.
Check the functionality of the pen (air shot) with the needle attached according to the instructions for use of your injection device.
Now dial the required dose.
Apply the injection technique which is recommended for your needle and inject: Push the thumb button firmly until it is fully depressed. After the dose has been injected, hold the needle in for a good 10 seconds to receive the full dose and to prevent the insulin from leaking.
One method to dispose of the needle is to carefully put the needle container back on the needle. Unscrew it with the container from your pen. Discard it according to local regulations e.g. in trash bin if allowed.
A much safer and recommended method of disposal is to use a medical sharps collector such as the Omnican® box or Medibox®.
If you have any questions concerning pen needles, handling them and injecting in general, you can either get in touch with your physician or consult the instructions for use of your pen device.