Administer Intramuscular Injections

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

Materials Included:

  • text_iconText
  • video_iconVideo
  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
  • simulation_iconSimulation
  • quiz_iconQuiz

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