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Giving the Peginterferon Injection

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Presentation: Peginterferon -- Self-injection Instructions
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Now let's talk about giving yourself the injection.
Before giving the injection, decide which part of your body you will inject. Choose a place on your stomach or thigh, and remember to avoid your navel and waistline. Also remember to choose a new place each time you give yourself an injection.
Now, open an alcohol swab and use it to clean the area of skin that will be injected. Let the skin dry for about 10 seconds, and then remove the safety shield from the needle.
Before giving yourself an injection, it's important to remove any air that may be caught inside the syringe. To check for air, hold the syringe with the needle pointing straight up towards the ceiling. Tap the middle of the syringe lightly with your knuckle to bring any air bubbles to the top.
If you do see air bubbles, wait until they all get to the top. After the bubbles have reached the top, press the plunger in very slowly to push the air out of the top of the syringe. Be sure to stop pressing the plunger before any of the medicine squirts out of the needle.
After doing this, you are now ready to give yourself the injection.
Hold the syringe in your hand like a pencil with the bevel, or opening, of the needle facing up. Using your other hand, pinch a fold of loose skin. Position the syringe at a 45-degree angle, and then quickly insert the needle into the pinched skin as far as it will go in one motion. You may feel a small prick as you do this, or you may feel nothing at all.
After the needle is in, remove the hand that is pinching the skin and use it to hold the barrel of the syringe. Then slowly pull the plunger back a little way. Be careful not to pull the needle out of the skin as you do this. If blood comes back into the syringe, you are in a small blood vessel. Do not inject the medicine if blood is in the syringe. Simply remove the needle from the skin, and inject the medication in a different location.
If there is no blood present, slowly inject the medicine by pushing the plunger in, until it's all the way down the syringe barrel. Hold the alcohol swab near the needle and remove the needle from the skin. Press the alcohol swab over the skin for a couple of seconds. Do not massage the area. If you see a little bleeding, cover the skin with a bandage.

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