I have been hearing different things from different instructors....confused here. When doing a subcutaneous injection I know that you pinch the skin to determine the angle of injection(measure the amount of adipose), but do you keep the skin pinched as you inject the needle? Also, for Intramuscular injections do you pinch? Thanks in advance.
Oct 9, '06
Quote from HididiScribbler
We were taught that you CAN pinch with SQ if you want, but it's not necessary...
We were also taught to do Z-track with IMs, no pinching, but pull the skin back, keep it pulled back until you've aspirated, injected, and taken the needle out. It helps with the med absorption...I haven't seen anyone do it at the dr's office, or hospital, but you know nursing school-they want us to do it the BEST way
I agree with pinching or not for SQ. Z track for all IM injections is warranted. This will facilitate medication staying within the muscle and not leaking back thru inejction site.
Last edit by CyndieRN2007 on Oct 9, '06