Before you begin:

Wash and dry your hands. Disposable gloves may be worn but they can make handling the equipment awkward. It is more important to have clean hands and avoid touching the needle once the cap is removed. Check the label to ensure the medication is in date and has been stored correctly etc. Ensure that you are not allergic to the medication e.g., penicillin. Refer to the prescription to confirm the dose to be given.