Hi, I'm just a few days into my immersion experience and I could use some advice. I was told to give a Morphine injection (4mg /2mL) to a pt. The pt didn't have IV access (I'm pretty used to giving IV pushes) so my preceptor said to give it IM. She got called to a code as we were preparing to give the injection so she had me go in and give it by myself...well, I gave it in the upper arm, but I think I may have missed the deltoid and gave it a little farther back on the arm (not quite into the tricep though). I didn't really think too much about this until I got home and was going over the skills I performed for the day. It dawned on me that I didn't ensure the placement prior to injecting the medication. Is this person going to be ok??? It was only 2mL of meds so I'm hoping it'll be fine, but what complications could I have caused by not getting it in the right place???
Just out of curiosity, my professors in school have gone back and forth on whether we should aspirate before pushing the plunger...CDC says it's no longer required, but some of my professors (that have been nurses for quite a while) say it should always be done with IM injections. I've seen it both ways...just curious what everyone's thought is on that practice.