Pre-hire exams

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    Today I applied for a job and had to take a pre-hire exam at a LTC facility. It consisted of matching, MC, writing a nurses note and dosage problems. Thankfully I passed and have an interview scheduled for next week.

    Monday I have to take another pre-hire exam at a hospital and I have been studying really hard for it. I do have one question that stumped me today and I don't want to get it wrong just in case I see it again. Here it goes:

    What is the max. cc's that can be given IM and sub q . On my exam today I put 0.5-1cc for IM and 2cc for sub q. I'm not sure if I'm correct and wanted to double check with you all. I did a google search and checked the CDC but didn't not find clear answers. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    i always though more could go i and less for sc. Not sure of exact amounts. Id have to dig out a nursing book.
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    You've flipped the answer - just think about it. Subq is a smaller space - no more than a cc. IM is a larger space. Most of the time, 3cc's IM is the acceptable amt. I have seen 5 cc's IM as a max.

    Where are your nursing books?

    Best wishes!
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    Quote from merlee
    You've flipped the answer - just think about it. Subq is a smaller space - no more than a cc. IM is a larger space. Most of the time, 3cc's IM is the acceptable amt. I have seen 5 cc's IM as a max.

    Where are your nursing books?

    Best wishes!
    My medical surgical nursing books are buried, I'm currently taking psych.... I need to definitely get them out before my exam on Monday.
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    You switched the answer for sure. I would have answered 1ml (cc's not used where I studied) for subcutaneous and 3ml max for Im injection. These probably vary a bit depending on policy.
    joanna73 likes this.
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    Read a lot!
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    I would give a max of 3mL for an IM. I recall reading this in a text before. The muscle tissue would be able to tolerate a larger amount of solution vs the smaller subcu tissue.
    turnforthenurseRN likes this.
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    I was taught in a deltoid muscle, 1 to 2cc depending on the size of the muscle, (old lady 1cc, body builder 2cc), in the glute, no more than 3 cc. For a infant or toddler, 1cc in the thigh. Sub q, no more than 1cc.
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    Quote from AngelofLTC
    You switched the answer for sure. I would have answered 1ml (cc's not used where I studied) for subcutaneous and 3ml max for Im injection. These probably vary a bit depending on policy.
    Their exam was in cc's... Thanks everyone for the info.
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    1ml =1cc
    joanna73, GrnTea, and turnforthenurseRN like this.


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