Instructions for Injecting Leuprolide Acetate Trigger | Encompass Fertility Treatment


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey there, I’m
Sophia, and I’m going to walk you through how
to inject leuprolide acetate trigger shot under the
skin or subcutaneously. These instructions are broken
up into five quick steps which you can jump to at any
time using the chapters below. Let’s start by making
sure you’ve got all your supplies ready to go– a multi-dose vial of
leuprolide acetate, a syringe marked in units with attached
needle, plus alcohol pads, a gauze pad or cotton
square, a sharps container, and a clean surface. Before we go any further,
it’s really important to make sure you’re following
these instructions to give yourself a trigger shot to
activate your ovulation. You don’t want to follow
these instructions if you’re using leuprolide acetate
to stimulate follicles at the start of treatment. If you’re unsure or
have any questions, call your health care provider. Now go ahead and wash
your hands really well with soap and water. Then you’re on to preparing the
area where you’ll give yourself the injection. There are a few places where
you can inject your medication under the skin– in the abdomen, just below or to
the side of your belly button, in the leg, in the upper
outer area of your thigh, or in the back of the arm. No matter which area you pick,
try to avoid injecting yourself in the same exact spot each time
to lower your risk of a skin reaction, and never
inject into any area that’s tender, red,
bruised, or hard. For today I’ll show you how
to inject in the abdomen since it’s the most common spot. First, you use an
alcohol wipe to clean the skin about two inches
around the injection area. Then give it a couple of
seconds to dry while you get your medication ready. Your next step is to
prepare the syringe. If you’re using the vial for
the first time, remove the cap and wipe the top of the
vial with an alcohol swab. Just remember to do this
every time you reuse a vial. Also, if the
solution isn’t clear or you see any particles
floating around, don’t use it and call your
health care provider right away for next steps. Next, unwrap the syringe,
and remove the needle cap. Draw air into the
syringe by pulling back the plunger to the unit
mark that matches your dose. For example, if your
doctor prescribed 40 units, draw back to the
40 on the syringe. If the syringe you’re supplied
in the kit aren’t big enough, check to see if your
pharmacy sent a bigger one. If not, check with
your local pharmacy to see if they carry a
one milliliter syringe. Place the vial on a flat
surface and insert the needle through the rubber
stopper and into the vial. Gently press the
plunger all the way in, which pushes the
air into the vial and makes it easier to withdraw. Then without
removing the needle, turn the vial upside down. Make sure the tip of the needle
stays submerged in the solution as you slowly pull back the
plunger to withdraw your dose. You’ll only be using a
portion of medication for every injection, so
it’s really important to double check and give
yourself the right dose, not the entire vial. With the needle and
vial still upside down, check to see if there are any
air bubbles inside the syringe. If there aren’t any, remove
the needle and syringe from the vial. If you see bubbles,
press the plunger to push the bubbles
back into the vial. You’ll have to withdraw
your dose again, so repeat the earlier step of submerging
the tip of the needle in the solution and slowly
pull back the plunger to withdraw your dose. Now you’re ready to inject the
medication, so let’s do it. Hold the syringe in one hand
and with the other hand, pinch a fold of skin
around the injection area. Insert the entire needle
straight into the skin at a 45 to 90 degree angle. Slowly push the
plunger until you’ve injected all of the medication. Do a quick count of
1, 2, 3, and then let go of the skin
you’re pinching. Press down firmly on the
injection area with a gauze pad and remove the needle. Nice work. Now your final step is cleanup. Go ahead and toss the
used needle and syringe into the sharps container. Thanks so much for
watching today. Take care. [MUSIC PLAYING]


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