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    Default Urgent advice needed?? Giving myself injections

    I have just returned from emergency after being diagnosed with DVT. I have to give myself injections of blood thinner but they didn't give me any swabs to clean the area,.... Should I get someone to go to the chemist to get me some? I can't go myself, maybe they didn't give me any coz I don't need them......i inject into my stomach. Any advice???

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    i nearly always swabbed, they are available at the chemist.

    if it is time critical and you don't have one, a hot facewasher wipe would not be the end of the world....i only did this 2 or 3 times though.

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    Default Urgent advice needed?? Giving myself injections

    You don't need them for those injections. I think it causes bruising if you do swab.

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    Default Urgent advice needed?? Giving myself injections

    Yeah it came in a kit with everything but no swabs so maybe they aren't necessary. I have an appt with a nurse Monday morning so will see what she says and get some.

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    Default Urgent advice needed?? Giving myself injections

    Clexane?? No swab needed as it's subcutaneous injection. Of course they area has to be clean though. Clexane can give you some serious bruising too.

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    Subcutaneous or intramuscular are no longer recommended to be swabbed. Hth! X

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    yep no swab for subcutaneous injections

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    Default Re: Urgent advice needed?? Giving myself injections

    I'm guessing you mean clexane? Swabbing before using clexane needles is a bad idea. The alcohol from the swab removes the protective silicon from the needle, causing it to be rougher and increase bruising. Of course if your in a high risk area for germs, swab anyway. I'd rather bruises to infection. But at home, dont worry about it.

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    you end up with massive bruising otherwise, also don't rub the area afterwards as it only spreads the medication and its blood thinning capabilities giving you some of the biggest bruises you could ever see. Make sure you alternate the injection sites each time or you will get a hardened area under the skin.

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    Default Urgent advice needed?? Giving myself injections

    You don't need to swab because you should be giving the injection subcutaneously. (45!degree angle). This means you're not introducing any bacteria into that part of the skin that isn't already there.

    If you feel better swabbing then allow the alcohol swab to dry before injecting.

    Don't rub you'll cause bruising.

    Hope you're feeling ok


 

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