Use as directed by your doctor or follow the instructions in your seizure management plan.
Step 1: Tear open the foil pack.
Step 2: Twist and remove the cap from the nozzle of the diazepam (rectal) tube.
Step 3: Lay the patient on the stomach or side with a cushion under the hip.
Step 4: If the dose is half a tube, squirt out half of the tube's content.
Step 5: With the patient lying on his or her side, separate the buttocks.
Step 6: Insert the nozzle into the anus, but only to the first mark on the tube for children 1 to 3 years old.
Step 7: Always keep the tube angled with the nozzle downwards during administration.
Step 8: Squeeze the tube to empty the contents of the tube (by pressing with your thumb and index finger).
Step 9: Keep the tube pressed and remove the tube from the anus at the same time to prevent the medication from being sucked back into the tube.
Step 10: Hold the buttocks together for 3 to 4 minutes to prevent leakage.
Diazepam (rectal) is usually used on an as needed basis to stop a seizure episode.