Safe Injection Practices

If you use any kind of injectable medication, it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly first. These hand-washing tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will keep you from contaminating your medication vials or injection site:

  • Use soap and warm water to wash your hands
  • Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds and scrub all surfaces
  • Rinse your hands under running water and dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer
  • If you can’t find soap and water, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Rub the sanitizer all over your hands. This includes under your nails and between your fingers, until your hands are dry

Also be sure to dispose of needles properly using an appropriate container to prevent anyone else from getting pricked or scratched with your used needles.