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Bevel on Needle

Mark syringe to show bevel location

Second Revision, Thursday, 02 April 2009; 06:45

Mark syringe to show bevel location

[c31169c-bevel103.jpg] Mark location of bevel on syringe

When you inject, place the bevel up!

Part of giving painless injections involves making sure that at the moment you slide the syringe needle under the skin, the bevel is facing up (away from the skin).

Placing the needle this way allows the point to penetrate easily, without tearing the skin.

I only began making sure the bevel is up sometime early in 2009. Had I only been aware of this before, I'm sure Kumbi would have flinched a good bit less often, at the time I slid the needle under his skin.

Once I learned the importance of this, Kumbi has been telling me he can't even feel the needle going in!

And Kumbi tells me all; he is a very sensitive little dog! But now, since I've been marking the location of the bevel, and then making sure to place it properly, we have achieved truly painless injections, almost always.

Since we are humans, we can make errors - at least our animals probably will report these to us, so we can fix things if need be.

Mark syringe so you can see where the bevel is

Hold the syringe under a lamp, and rotate it, and tilt it too, till you see exactly where the bevel on the needle is. When you see it clearly, it seems to me to have a kind of devilish look about it - so sharp, so gleaming! At a certain angle, you may see a kind of flash of brightness, which then gives away the location of the bevel, very nicely. Of course, that sharp and gleaming point is what allows the needle to slide in without hurting!

My vision is more or less acute from day to day or hour to hour, depending on what I've been doing. If I just cannot seem to find that bevel, sometimes varying the background against which I hold the syringe, or varying the distance from the lamplight, helps. When I see the flash of bright light, I know I have the right place.

Then I draw a line on the plastic part that holds the needle. I try to put the line marker right inline with the bevel.

Do not draw the mark on the needle itself - as I once did! You will not be wanting to insert a sullied needle under your dog's skin!

I mark the bevel location ahead of time, and then re-cap the needle, and set it aside. But if you are ready to fill the syringe now, no need to re-cap the needle, of course!

In my efforts to keep things as sterile as possible, I don't mark the bevel MUCH ahead of time - just a little.

Rotate under lamp till you see hole in needle

Rotate under lamp till you see hole

[cw21005cd-beveldraw24.jpg] Hole visible
under lamp
mark holder!

Pay attention! Do not be idiotic, as I once was - and draw on the needle itself! Well, so I was distracted! One syringe wasted! I refuse to shoot foreign markings into poor Kumbi!

At least I only did that once. At least I realized what I'd done, and discarded THE SYRINGE - NOT to be used!

Diagram of placing the bevel

Placing bevel ready to slide under skin

[cw21006cd-bevelplc25.jpg] Placing bevel
against tented skin

Once you have the syringe filled with the correct dose of insulin, and the skin then held up into some kind of tent, placing the needle with the bevel up becomes reasonably easy. Just hold the needle so your pen-mark is at the top, if you look straight down at the needle.

I was delighted at the difference it made to Kumbi, therefore, to me as well, once I began marking where the bevel is, and making sure to place it this way - bevel-up!

Thanks to Kathy and Natalie of the k9diabetes online forum for the bevel-up tip!

Marking the needle-holder, I cooked up on my own, as a way of coping with my rather poor vision!

The next step is to draw air into the syringe, before filling it.

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