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Administer Intramuscular Injections

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Intramuscular injections are administered directly into the muscles, which allows the medication to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. Intramuscular injections are also used for administering large amounts of medication or where oral intake is not possible. This module explains how to prepare for and administer intramuscular injections into the various sites (deltoid, vastus lateralis, dorsogluteal, ventrogluteal) using powdered and liquid medication. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to administer intramuscular injections into the different sites. Practice the steps of the procedure as often as you want until you are confident. 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.

You'll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • appropriate needle and syringe selection for intramuscular injections
  • important safety considerations
  • to visualize the key anatomical structures comprising the main muscles of the upper and lower body - using our anatomy illustrations and 3D model
  • to understand the deltoid, vastus lateralis, and dorsogluteal injection sites, and when to use each
  • methods for reducing patient discomfort
  • how to prepare the substance to be injected
  • to practice and perfect your skills in administering an intramuscular injection using the using the deltoid, vastus lateralis, or dorsogluteal sites
  • correct documentation and post-procedure requirements
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)

Materials Included:

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  • video_iconVideo
  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
  • simulation_iconSimulation
  • quiz_iconQuiz
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Choose and inspect the injection site
Step 2.1 - Select site
Step 2.1.1 - Deltoid
Step 2.1.2 - Vastus lateralis
Step 2.1.3 - Dorsogluteal
Step 2.1.4 - Ventrogluteal
Step 2.2 - Position the patient
Step 2.3 - Inspect the intended site
Step 3 - Clean the injection site
Step 4 - Administer the intamuscular injection
Step 4.1 - Standard technique
Step 4.2 - Z-track technique
Step 5 - Apply the dressing
Step 6 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for administering an intramuscular injection.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for administering an intramuscular injection.
  • Describe and demonstrate suitable injection sites for intramuscular injections.
  • Describe and demonstrate appropriate needle and syringe selection for intramuscular injections.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct preparation of the medication to be injected.
  • Describe and demonstrate methods for reducing patient discomfort.
  • Describe and demonstrate safe and correct administration of intramuscular injections using the deltoid, vastus lateralis, and dorsogluteal sites.
  • Describe and demonstrate needle and blood safety.
  • Understand and apply the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct documentation.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Understand and apply the appropriate drug safety guidelines (seven rights).
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patient's Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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