Z track is generally used for Vitamin K and other shots that may discolor the skin. It is where you pull some skin off to the side, give the injection into deep tissue and allow the upper skin to go back over the site. It keeps the discoloration down.
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We learned about ztrack method in school. It supposedly is less risky to the sq tissue because the med is less likely to leak out after injection. I don't think that it makes much diff with pain or bruising? I try it with heparin and lovenox when I have the time!
Really? Hmmm...could of sworn those were SC injections...
They are. Z track is to avoid the subcutaneous tissue and keep the med locked in. With Lovenox and Heparin we want to get the med into the subcutaneous tissue and avoid the muscle. That's why we bunch up the skin "pinch an inch" and use a 25gauge, 5/8ths inch needle before giving the subcutaneous shot.