(1) Reach into the inside pocket of your protective mask carrier and take out
the injector set.
(2) With your nondominant hand, grasp the set of injectors by the plastic clip
so that the larger injector is on top. Position the set of injectors in front of you at eye
level (figure 2-2A).
(3) With the other hand, check the injection site for buttons or objects in
pockets that may interfere with the injection.
(4) Grasp the smaller autoinjector (containing the atropine) with the thumb
and first two fingers (figure 2-2B) and pull the injector out of the clip with a smooth
motion (figure 2-C).
(5) Form a fist around the auto-injector without covering or holding the
needle (green) end.
Figure 2-2. Removing the atropine autoinjector from the clip.
Holding or covering the needle (green) end of the autoinjector may
result in accidentally injecting your hand or fingers. If this happens, give
yourself another injection in the thigh or buttocks using another injector.
Position the atropine autoinjector against the injection site and inject
(a) Place the green (needle) end of the injector against the outer thigh
muscle (figure 2-3). Be careful not to inject close to the hip or the knee. If you have a
thin thigh muscle, you should inject the atropine into the upper, outer quadrant of the
buttocks to avoid injury to the thigh-bone (figure 2-4).