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IM injection on myself...need help

OK, I am not a nurse....just started my pre-req's so that I can one day become a nurse.

I am low in B12 and was given an injection to give myself from my DR.

It is an IM injection, the pharmacist told me how to do it and it doesn't seem that difficult. I don't believe the needle she gave me is as long as what I'm seeing used on the internet. So I'm thinking of doing it in my upper arm....its 1 ml ...is that ok?

Any instruction or tips would be great. Basically I just know to pinch up the skin and push it straight in. I'm guessing once its in I release the pinched skin and push in the meds???

Sorry, I am clueless I've never done this. Is there anything I should be aware of, or any tips?

Any help is greatly appreciated.


classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

I would not give advice except that your MD (whoever ordered the B12) ought to be able to teach you or do it.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Your physician's office is the best person to ask about this--either the doctor or (more likely) one of the nurses will be able to instruct you in the proper technique.

We can't give medical advice here, sorry.

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

The other posters are correct. I'd strongly encourage you to call your MD's office with these questions. We can't give out medical advice here, in accordance with our Terms of Service. We do wish you well.

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