1. Gather the supplies


Supplies include:

  • Uniject prefilled injection device at room temperature that has not passed its expiration date

  • Soap and clean water

  • Cotton swabs or cotton balls, if available

  • Safe puncture-proof container for sharps disposal

2. Wash
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, if possible.
  • Let your hands dry in the air.
  • If injection site is dirty, wash it with soap and water.
  • There is no need to wipe site with antiseptic.
3. Ask where the client wants the injection

You can give the injection just under the skin:

  • In the back of the upper arm
  • In the abdomen (but not at the navel)
  • On the front of the thigh.

Injection locations

4. Open the pouch
  • Open the foil pouch and remove the device.
5. Mix the solution
  • Hold the device by the port (see picture below).
  • Shake it hard for 30 seconds.
  • Check that the solution is mixed (granules distributed throughout the solution) and there is no damage or leaking.

Picture of device

6. Close the gap

  • Hold the device by the port.
  • Hold the device with the needle pointed upward to avoid spilling the drug.
  • Push the cap into the port (see part A of picture below).
  • Continue to push firmly until the gap between the cap and port is closed (see part B of picture below).
  • Take off the cap (see part C of picture below).

Close the gap


7. Give the injection

  • Gently pinch the skin at the injection site (see picture below). This helps to make sure that the drug is injected into fatty tissue just under the skin and not into muscle. Give injection

  • Holding the port, gently push the needle straight into the skin with the needle pointing down (never upward) until the port touches the skin. 

  • Squeeze the reservoir slowly. Take 5–7 seconds.

  • Pull out the needle and then release the skin.

  • Do not clean or massage the site after injecting.

8. Discard the used device

  • Do not replace the cap.
  • Place the device in the sharps disposal container.

Advice for the Client After Providing Injection

Give specific instructions
  • Tell her not to massage the injection site.
  • Tell the client the name of the injection.
  • Agree on a date for her next injection and giver her a paper with the date written on it.