This is a discussion on Plunger? in General Nursing Discussion, part of General Nursing ... Interesting title, I know. I was going about my normal day at work and giving an IM injection on...
Interesting title, I know. I was going about my normal day at work and giving an IM injection on the arm. I prepared it as I do a million times, aspirated and when I went to push the plunger would NOT budge. I tried to push hard enough that if the plunger gave I wouldn't hurt the pt too bad but I ended up having to redo (with a new syringe and medication) on the other arm without any problems at all, as usual. Was this a fluke or something? Has this ever happened to anyone? I felt horrible and apologized, I literally was dumbfounded!
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I didn't hit bone I know that for sure (I always do the grab technique and make sure I've got the muscle) and I do put out a little drop, but I never thought about flicking it off (usually it falls off anyway), maybe it was that? It was a thick medication too, it never usually gives me problems. Is there anything you've done once you've realized it's not going to move that fixes the problem?
Another question, now I'm doubting myself.. Had I hit bone would I have gotten the bubble from aspiration still?
Last edit by Belle1005 on Feb 18