problems with B12 syringes

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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a problem getting the covers off my B12 syringes without pulling the needle piece off the end of the tube.  Then I have a hard time getting no air in the syringe after I put them together.
Any ideas of an easier way to pull the cover off?
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


peggy113
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you using syringes for IM injections that you have to draw the B12 yourself from a vial?

If you are, I always tighten the needle before removing the cover. As I am turning the needle clockwise to tighten, I gently pull the cap off at the same time. I was taught to draw air into the syringe before inserting it into the vial, then push the air out in the vial, and draw in the B12 slowly. Slowly has been the key for me to keep air out of the syringe. If I do get some air in the syringe, I just hold it needle end pointing up and flick it with my finger until the air rises and push it out of the needle before the injection.

Does that make sense?
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Zanne
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thats exactly how I was taught to do it too. Tighten the needle with the cap as you pull the cap off.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 11/20/2007 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the tightening the needle by turning...no one ever told me that part! i did know about the slow pull and the ways to get bubbles out---it was just harder when the needle kept pulling away.

Thanks for the help!!!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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