How To Give An Anticoagulant Shot - CIMS Hospital

please watch the entire video before

giving an anticoagulant shot this video

will teach you how to give yourself a

shot of anticoagulant medicine also

called a blood thinner blood thinners

help prevent clots from forming inside

your blood vessels before you begin you

will need alcohol wipes your prefilled

syringe of anticoagulant medicine and a

sharps box the main parts of the syringe

are the barrel containing the medicine

the plunger the needle cap and the


select your injection site at least two

inches to the right or left of your

belly button or on either of your thighs

a caregiver may also use these

instructions to give you a shot on

either side of your back upper arms or

upper buttocks use a different injection

site each day to avoid swelling or


and take your shot at the same time each


be sure to follow your doctor's

instructions do not skip any doses do

not inject more medicine than prescribed

step 1

before you begin wash your hands with

soap and water and then dry them step 2

clean the skin over the injection site

by rubbing with an alcohol wipe in a

circular motion step 3 to open your

syringe peel the foil cover off the back

do not push the syringe through the foil

cover because it could damage the

syringe step 4

hold the syringe sideways by the barrel

then pull the needle cap straight off

without bending the needle there will be

an air bubble in the medicine do not

press the plunger to squirt the air

bubble out of the barrel step 5

with your free hand pinch and hold an

inch of skin at the injection site

insert the needle at a 90 degree angle

through your skin and into the fatty

tissue beneath it step 6

slowly press the plunger to deliver all

of the medicine including the air bubble

step 7

pull the needle straight out of your


step 8 press down firmly on the plunger

to activate the safety guard which

covers the needle step 9

throw away the used syringe in your

sharps box call your doctor if you

notice increased bleeding or bruising

rash numbness or tingling especially in

your legs