An evidence-based approach to intramuscular injection technique

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Author

Sherri Ogston-Tuck, Senior lecturer, adult nursing, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, Worcester.


Short description

Read this learning module to update your knowledge and skills in the administration of intramuscular injections. The evidence base in this area is reviewed and a framework for safe practice provided.


Detailed description

Intramuscular injections require a thorough and meticulous approach to patient assessment and injection technique. This article, the second in a series of two, reviews the evidence base to inform safer practice and to consider the evidence for nursing practice in this area. A framework for safe practice is included, identifying important points for safe technique, patient care and clinical decision making. It also highlights the ongoing debate in selection of intramuscular injection sites, predominately the ventrogluteal and dorsogluteal muscles.

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