z track injection


Which is the most common medication administered through z track?


281 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care.

I know that they give Iron that way

Daytonite, BSN, RN

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Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

Imferon - if Imferon gets into the surface tissues it stains the skin forever, so you want to inject it by Z-track to get it deep and to seal the track as you withdraw the needle so none of the drug seeps back afterward into the subcutaneous tissues. That is the purpose of Z-Track--to seal the needle track and trap the drug contents where it has been deposited.


149 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care-Neuro/Trauma ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Demerol can be given Z-track because it can be very irritating

Specializes in Emergency Room.

At my school we are taught to give all IMs Z-track. Is that not common?


195 Posts

For us too, if the needle is 1 1/2 inches, we are z-tracking it.


214 Posts

Specializes in Case management, occupational health. Has 5 years experience.

Steroids and Inferion are the only ones we give Ztrack


12 Posts

Specializes in CNA. Has 4 years experience.

iron injections bc it can stain the skin permanately. also any med that may be irritating to the surrounding tissue (demerol).


98 Posts

Specializes in Pulmonary med/surg/telemetry. Has 1 1/2 years experience.

I keep hearing "anything that can be irritating ," but how can you know which medications will be irritating before you give it? Is this information in drug books, drug packets...?

jmgrn65, RN

1,344 Posts

Specializes in cardiac/critical care/ informatics. Has 16 years experience.

Iron is the only one i know of right off the top of my head.

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