Subcutaneous Injections

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What you'll learn

Drug injection is a favored method for delivering a drug to get desired effects quickly and directly. Subcutaneous injections are one of the most administered injections which is used to give various types of medications for medical conditions. They are widely used for continuous and low dose drug treatment.

Subcutaneous injections (sometimes called subq injections) are administered in the fatty tissue below the skin and are used for some vaccines, for substances like insulin that need to be absorbed more slowly, and for some medications that cannot be given by mouth. This method allows the medication to be absorbed slowly within a period of 24 hours. Some of the drugs which are given in this method are morphine, hydro morphine, metoclopramide, dexamethasone, etc. This method of administration of drugs results in mild discomfort and sensitivity. Therefore, challenges in injection design to minimize the variability, pain, skin disorders by repeated drug injections are still in research.

This module explains how to prepare for and administer subcutaneous injections into the various sites (arm, thigh, or abdomen) using medication from vials and ampules. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to administer subcutaneous (subq) injections into different sites. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • Life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Appropriate needle and syringe selection for intramuscular injections
  • Important safety considerations
  • To understand the intramuscular injection sites, and when to use each method for reducing patient discomfort
  • How to prepare the substance to be injected

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