UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • To administer intramuscular medication.
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations
  • Ensure no air bubbles within drawn up medication
  • Should blood be drawn back, remove needle and adjust landmark.
  • Control bleeding with dressing and direct pressure
Procedure
  • All relevant infection control methods to be utilised.
    • Prepare equipment required:
    • Medication
    • Vanishpoint™ Syringe 23G (3cc)
    • Sharps container
  • Explain the procedure to the patient.

  • Draw up medication.
  • Select and prepare the injection site (either Deltoid or Lateral thigh) with antiseptic swab.
  • Injection site should be free from oedema, inflammation, bruising or damaged skin.
  • Insert needle swiftly at 90° and deep into the muscle.
  • Withdraw the plunger, confirming no blood aspiration.
  • Depress the plunger, injecting the medication until the needle retracts automatically.
  • Dispose of the used syringe appropriately, and monitor site for bleeding.
  1. Medication - IM1
  2.  

  3. Medication - IM2
  4.  

  5. Medication - IM3
Success
  • As per individual medications administration guidelines.
Discontinue
  • As per individual medications administration guidelines.
Additional Information
  • Medications administered intramuscularly have variable absorption rates and a lower bioavailability than the same medication administered intravenously.

References

Intramuscular Injection. (2014). Expert in My Pocket. http://expertinmypocket.com.au/intramuscular-injection/ 


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