SQ injections; Sub-Q injections; Diabetes subcutaneous injection; Insulin subcutaneous injection
The best areas on your body to give yourself a SQ injection are:
Your injection site should be healthy, meaning there should be no redness, swelling, scarring, or other damage to your skin or the tissue below your skin.
Change your injection site from one injection to the next. This will keep your skin healthy and help your body absorb the medicine well.
You will need a syringe that has a SQ needle attached to it. These needles are very short and thin.
You may get syringes from the pharmacy that are pre-filled with the correct dose of your medicine. Or you may need to fill your syringe with the correct dose from the medicine vial. Either way, check the medicine label to make sure you are taking the correct medicine and the correct dose. Also check the date on the label to make sure the medicine is not outdated.
In addition to a syringe, you will need:
The following steps should be followed:
The following steps should be followed when preparing your syringe:
If you are filling your syringe with medicine, you will need to learn the proper technique for filling a syringe with medicine.
The following steps should be followed when injecting the medicine:
NIH. Giving a subcutaneous injection. Rockville, MD. National Institute of Health Clinical Center. US Dept of Health and Human Services NIH publications; 2015. Available at:
Smith SF, Duell DJ, Martin BC. Medication administration. In: Smith SF, Duell DJ, Martin BC, eds. Clinical Nursing Skills. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Prentice Hall; 2011:chap 18.
Last reviewed on: 10/29/2015
Reviewed by: Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.