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Intramuscular Injections

Intramuscular Injections

Aim: To help develop your knowledge and skills in administering evidence based intramuscular injections

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain why some might need an IM injection
  • Recognise the importance of choice and consent for administering an IM injection
  • Acknowledge the impact that patient assessment has on administering an IM injection
  • Identify the principles of prevention and infection control
  • Identify the muscle sites available for administering an IM injection
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of each muscle site
  • Identify steps for administering an IM injection
  • Identify the risks and contraindications of administering an IM injection
  • Describe how you would assess and monitor the treatment of IM injections
  • Implement accurate record keeping relevant to administering an IM injection

Authors: Paul Smith

Last review date: Dec 2015

Reviewed by: Lorraine Close, Alna Robb, Eve Stubbing

In partnership with: NHS Fife, University of Dundee

Next Review due: Dec 2017

Access: learnPro  or  Turas Learn

Associated equipment – three simulators for IM injections (ventrogluteal and deltoid sites) available for hire or use on MSU

For further information please contact: csmen@nes.scot.nhs.uk 


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