IM injection test tomorrow,,HELP!!

  1. Hey guys

    Iam having an IM injection test tomorrow and need some help. I have all the needle stuff however, does anyone know any sites that have some information on helping you find the IM injections sites. I can read it over and over in my textbook, however I need something visual so that it makes sense to me. Does anyone have any websites that would help.

    Thanks in advance!!
    Lisa :spin:
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Altra
    Does your fundamentals text not have illustrations?

    Study those, and then practice finding those sites on yourself and/or a family member or friend.

    Edited to add: Good luck on your test!
  4. by   OnTheRoad
  5. by   cardiac.cure03
    I dunno if this will help at all but...

    You have IM or SQ

    With IM shots, when you see the "I" in IM, think of a "1"
    IM shots use 1-1/2 inch needle and are 21 gauge

    With SQ shots, when you see the "S" in SQ, think if a "5"
    SQ shots use 5/8 inch needle and are 25 gauge (approx) and you inject
    them at a 45 degree angle.
  6. by   Daytonite
    hi, lisa!

    here's two more sites for you to check out:

    http://www.drugguide.com/intrainjectnew.asp - im injection sites

    http://flightline.highline.edu/drydberg/injections.htm - has very nice pictures! just click on the injection site you want to look at


    welcome to allnurses!
  7. by   allthingsbright
    What about the best way to find the Vastus lateralis sit?
  8. by   Daytonite
    Quote from allthingsbright
    What about the best way to find the Vastus lateralis sit?
    I was taught to take the palm of one hand and place it on the greater trochanter of the hip; take the palm of my other hand and place it on the top of the knee. Position both so the fingers of each hand are pointing to each other. The area of the leg between the fingers of both hands is where the vastus lateralis muscle is located.
  9. by   tiggerforhim
    Quote from adidasgirl0699
    I dunno if this will help at all but...

    You have IM or SQ

    With IM shots, when you see the "I" in IM, think of a "1"
    IM shots use 1-1/2 inch needle and are 21 gauge

    With SQ shots, when you see the "S" in SQ, think if a "5"
    SQ shots use 5/8 inch needle and are 25 gauge (approx) and you inject
    them at a 45 degree angle.
    Unless, of course, it's a heparin shot they send patients home with; that one they are taught to inject straight down.

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