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: Nursing students, Registered nurses


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

This learning module looks at the administration of intramuscular injections and suggests a framework for best practice in acute and community care settings. Ensuring the use of a safe technique, as well as good clinical decision making, are discussed. The module also highlights the importance of patient assessment, landmarking and the selection of injection site.


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