CLINICAL DO'S AND DON'TS: How to administer a subcutaneous injection

June 2004 
Volume 34  Number 6
Pages 32 - 32
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    THE SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE contains few blood vessels, so this injection route is appropriate for slow, steady absorption of a small volume of nonirritating medication.


    * Check your patient's allergies, medication order, and lab results to confirm that the drug is appropriate for him and that the dosage, time, and administration route are correct. The drug should be nonirritating, and the volume to be injected should range from 0.5 to 1 ml.

    * Wash your hands. Identify the patient and help him to a comfortable position.

    * [black left pointing small triangle] Select an appropriate injection site: the outer aspect of the upper arm, the abdomen below the costal margins to the iliac crests, the anterior aspect of the thigh, the ventrodorsal gluteal ...

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