How do you give a painless injection
- 1Dec 7, '05 by guzzebearHi,, I am a new grad and desperatly need help on giving injection (SC & IM) I know the correct procedures on how to do it, but why do some patient claim it still hurt so much??!! Any helpful tips???
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- 0Dec 7, '05 by bethemMy doctor is really good at giving injections, even IM, without pain. He told me to get the needle in fast, using a motion like you're throwing a dart, and then push the drug in slowly. It certainly works for him. I am such a baby about getting needles, but he's really good and I don't mind going to him.
- 0Dec 7, '05 by NebbyLPNQuote from bethemThat is the exact same thing I was taught in school. My instructors really stressed getting the needle in quickly like a dart. It works!My doctor is really good at giving injections, even IM, without pain. He told me to get the needle in fast, using a motion like you're throwing a dart, and then push the drug in slowly. It certainly works for him. I am such a baby about getting needles, but he's really good and I don't mind going to him.
- 0Dec 10, '05 by Larry772 main components: Distraction and Quick insertion, I always apply pressure away from the actual site either while pinching some tissue or just by holding the body part, also I use a lot of conversation. Get the patient to talk about something they are interested in or just about their symptoms etc. The dart like insertion is also very important. Have fun!
- 0Dec 10, '05 by MIA-RN1The NP i work with gives a painless injection by flicking her finger at the site of injection just before the needle goes in--something about the nerves there. An LPN I know does something simliar, when he scrubs w/ the alcohol wipe he does it a little rougher and it deadens up the nerves a bit so there is less pain going in.
- 0Dec 10, '05 by analee23I worked in a pediatric office for a few months where all I did was give shots. These are my tricks:
Rub hard with the alcohol before giving the shot
Allow alcohol to DRY COMPLETELY before giving shot (it can burn if ya don't)
Then, quick like a dart, aspirate very quickly and inject pretty fast, but not terribly fast... if you inject too quickly, it can hurt... but sometimes you don't have a choice with a wiggly toddler!!!
I've had patients tell me that it hurt a lot and I've had people tell me they couldn't even feel it.... everyone's different, so don't get discouraged if you get "mixed reviews!"
Best of luck!