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Preparing the Peginterferon Prefilled Syringe

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Presentation: Peginterferon -- Self-injection Instructions
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The syringes you will be using for your injections have already been filled with peginterferon. Each syringe and needle should only be used one time.
To prepare for your injection, first clean the surface of the table or countertop you will be using with an alcohol swab or with antibacterial soap. Then collect all the materials you will need for the injection. You will want to have everything sitting in one place, easily within your reach.
Start by taking the peginterferon bottle out of the refrigerator and removing one syringe. Put the special cap back on the bottle, and put the bottle back into the refrigerator.
Next, get a needle, an alcohol swab, and a bandage and lay them all down next to the syringe. Make sure you have the sharps container within reach -- you'll need to have it close by right after you give the injection. You may also want to have the step-by-step instruction guide nearby to remind you of how to give the injection.
The first step is to warm the peginterferon syringe. To do this, gently roll the syringe between your hands for about a minute. After you have finished warming the syringe, set it down next to the needle and wash your hands with soap and warm water. It's important to always make sure your hands are clean before giving yourself an injection.
The next step is to put the needle onto the syringe. Get a needle and remove the short white cap from the end. For now, don't remove the plastic safety shield that covers the point of the needle on the other end. Keep the needle covered with the safety shield until you are ready to give yourself the injection.
Next, pick up the syringe and remove the rubber cap from the tip of the syringe barrel. Immediately push the needle onto the end of the syringe barrel so it fits tightly. The needle and the syringe should now be together as one piece.
Keep the syringe in a horizontal position until you are ready to give yourself the injection. If you need to set the syringe down, make sure the safety shield stays on and covers the needle. Never let an uncovered needle touch any surface because it might get dirty.

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