needle size, IM injection neonate

  1. Hello,
    I am a nursing student with an assignment and my book seems worthless. What size needle is used for an IM injection for a neonate? Specifically, the injection is the initial Vit. K injection.
    Please respond both privately (email) and in thread.

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  3. by   prmenrs
    not larger than a 25ga. 27 would be better.
  4. by   cathys01
    25 ga. here too. (we don't have 27s) but definitely nothing larger than a 25.
  5. by   Gompers
    Agree with the above posters.

    The exact size we use is 27 gauge, 1/4 inch long. Of course we don't go all 1/4 inches in on all the babies (depends on the infant's size).

    This is the sized used for all our injections - vitamin K, vaccines, lovenox, and antibiotics.
  6. by   Bailarina
    yep 27 gauge here also.
  7. by   heysmalls
    we use 25 guage without going in all of the way
  8. by   LoveTheNICU
    We just finished a trial of new 30 g, 1/4 in needles that are replacing our 27g for all IM injections. We love them!!:spin: