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How do you give a painless injection

  1. 1 Hi,, 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???
  2. Visit  guzzebear profile page

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    Joined Nov '05; Posts: 28; Likes: 1.

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  3. Visit  christvs profile page
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    I find that the quicker I give the injection, the more likely the patient will say "That wasn't too bad." But sometimes, no matter how you do it, some patients will still say it hurts. Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance.
    -Christine
  4. Visit  bethem profile page
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    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.
  5. Visit  NebbyLPN profile page
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    Quote from bethem
    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.
    That is the exact same thing I was taught in school. My instructors really stressed getting the needle in quickly like a dart. It works!
  6. Visit  NurseRatchett profile page
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    My favorite trick is to keep them distracted and get the needle in quickly.
    It takes some practice, but it's worth it.
    But like the other poster said, some will still complain, regardless of what you do.
  7. Visit  Larry77 profile page
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    2 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!
  8. Visit  MIA-RN1 profile page
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    The 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.
  9. Visit  analee23 profile page
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    I 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!
  10. Visit  VickyRN profile page
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    I agree with allowing the alcohol to dry completely before injecting. Otherwise, you're injecting the alcohol into the tissue and it really stings.
    Also, use the smallest bore needle possible with the viscosity of the solution. Can make a big difference....
  11. Visit  guzzebear profile page
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    THANK YOU so much for the info!!!!!!!!!
  12. Visit  AtlantaRN profile page
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    exactly, same way I do IV"s, talk their heads off, so they are distracted!

    linda
  13. Visit  schoedr profile page
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    Another suggestion- use the longest needle you can for IM injections- it hurts more when medications that are supposed to go IM wind up in the sq tissue- it doesn't sting or hurt nearly as much if it goes in way deep- and don't worry if you hit bone (ugh, I know...) just pull back a smidge then inject- people don't usually feel it at all. And our hospital no longer advises pulling back before injections- check with your facility first, though.
    CaliMedi likes this.
  14. Visit  RN-PA profile page
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    I always tell my patients to take a deep breath right before I jab the needle in them. Then as I'm injecting the med, I tell them to breathe out. If I'm giving an IM in the buttocks, I add to the deep breath: "wiggle your toes!"


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