Injections

  1. Anyone have trouble with intradermal injections?

    Mantoux. I did one today and wasn't too successful My first one ever.
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   TeresaRN2b
    I worked as a medical assistant and had to do those. Oh, I was awful with the first one, but it gets easier and you get better with practice.

    Teresa
  4. by   Mkue
    Thanks Teresa, that is encouraging !

    It is true that some students practice on each other? We never did in the lab.

  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    We never practiced on each other.

    We practiced a few times in school, but I've honestly never given anything intadermally since then.

    Heather
  6. by   Rena RN 2003
    it gets easier with practice. we practiced on each other with normal saline in the lab and at our clinical sites.
  7. by   Mkue
    Thanks Heather, I just know I can do it, our instructor said that we probably won't ever have to do them.


    Thanks Rena ! I just know I can do it if I get the chance again
  8. by   emily_mom
    We also practiced on each other in lab...it got a lot easier after the 10th poke!

    Kristy
  9. by   Angelica
    I had to do one on a nine month old infant this semester. I felt very unsure of myself because babies have a habit of not sitting still for procedures. A nurse put a WWF hold on the baby and I did it. I was so relieved.
  10. by   New CCU RN
    Practice makes perfect.... dont worry.... you really prolly will never have to do one... lol, if you are real worried...you can always practice on an orange....... thats what we did in nsg school
  11. by   renerian
    We did practice on each other as students with NS. It gets better. I gave alot of them on the oncology floor.

    renerian
  12. by   StudentSandra
    originally posted by mkue
    anyone have trouble with intradermal injections?

    mantoux. i did one today and wasn't too successful my first one ever.
    wow, around here you have to be certified to do the tb test. of course that doesn't mean the person is any good the last health dept rn that did us at school this year messed up about half of them.
  13. by   Mkue
    Gosh, thanks everyone, I feel better with your responses. We used a "pad" in the lab and there is no way to see a wheel (sp) with the pads.

    I'm going to see if I can use NS for practice.

    Thanks !
  14. by   kimmicoobug
    My only experience with ID injections is using lidocaine to start IV's. On my last patient, I injected her twice and missed twice. It seemed like I found a nice perfect vein and after using the lidocaine, the vein disappeared. I have only missed one other time and that was with a woman who had darker skin and I just couldn't see the veins. I could only feel them.

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