What is your current practice in reference to changing the needle prior IM injection after withdrawing the medication from a vial? If you change the needle after withdrawing medication prior use on patient, why? Do you have a reference to back that up?
May 25, '04
ALWAYS CHANGE THE NEEDLE before giving injections for reasons above. Those who don't are being lazy and obviously have not had to be on the other side of the bedrail very often. Injections HURT people, and we owe it to our patients to give them in the most competent, aseptic and kind way possible. It is worth the extra minute to do this right. Having been on the receiving end of so many injections, blood draws and IV sticks lately, I am real sympathetic these days. I hope I stay that way.
Oh before I forget, one tip to take the sting out of IM injections to the gluteus; have the person bend the knee and bring leg a bit forward--- on the side you plan to inject FIRST, either in bed or standing. It lessens their ability to tense the muscle, making the injection MUCH less painful. It really works! I can attest to that one, and I always do this before receiving an injection in my butt.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on May 25, '04