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Intramuscular (IM) injections sites.pdf
Intramuscular (IM) injections are a type of injection that is given into a muscle. IM injections are used to administer medications that are intended to be absorbed quickly and provide a rapid response. Some common sites for IM injections include:
- The upper arm: The deltoid muscle in the upper arm is a common site for IM injections.
- The thigh: The vastus lateralis muscle in the thigh is another common site for IM injections.
- The buttocks: The muscle in the buttocks, known as the gluteus maximus, is another site that is often used for IM injections.
It is important to follow proper techniques when administering an IM injection. The site should be cleaned with an alcohol swab and the needle should be inserted at a 90-degree angle to the skin. The medication should be injected slowly, over a period of several seconds.
It is also important to rotate the injection site, to avoid injecting the same area repeatedly. This can help to reduce the risk of tissue damage and scarring.