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How to give a painless injection

A Registerd nurse has perfected the practice of delivering an injection to a patient without the patient feeling the prick. Nurse Ann gives you her tips on how to do it without a glitch every time.
As a Registered nurse, we all have our own technique, particularly in giving injections. Currently I work in an STD environment and have to administer very thick fluid injections requiring a large needle. Tough men have shown acute pain and I always felt empathy for them. Thus I started to develop a painless injection technique that eventually became pretty renowned at the facility where I worked and everyone only wanted me to give them the injections. I have been nursing for over 30 years and was in charge of a pediatric unit with young children petrified of injections and that is where I developed the painless injection method. My co-workers used to call me to come and give injections for them. Patients who are positive for Syphilis need large excruciating injections of pure penicillin using a thick gauge needle for its entire length penetration. They too compliment me on a “great” job which they did not feel. The medication itself sadly does burn and there is not much we can do about that.

Injections cannot be given into the same spot on the body every day or even every week as scar tissue can build up, and the medication will be ineffective. The first step to a painless injection is to accurately pick out the location of the injection. For children the thigh area is the place of choice. In adults the gluteus muscle is best because it is the largest muscle, seeing that an injection needs to go into a muscle ( intramuscularly) Blood vessels have to be prevented for intramuscular injections. On other occasions intravenous injections have to be given e.g. diabetic insulin injection. Intravenous would be direct into a vein. Vaccinations are usually given into the deltoid arm muscle as they leave imprints of immunization evidence. As a precaution on no account use tap water as a solution basis, water must be sterile. You can also use lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic solution as a basis when mixing dry medications for injections as directed by the doctor.
Diabetic injections are given subQ which is subcutaneous denotation between the skin and the muscle area. Normally, the area used is the stomach, upper thighs, deltoid muscle. Medicine that needs to work unhurriedly is given subQ. SubQ shots must be given in small quantity for example TB ppd testing, and insulin coverage.

The second step to a painless injection is to educate the patient as to what is going on, what I am doing, what I am using, and where the injection will be given.You must reassure the patient that it will not be painfull. You can only tell a patient this once you have mastered the painless injection technique or else you will be telling an untruth and they will almost immediately find that out. I allow them to verbalize whatever they do not grasp and allow them to ask any questions before I give the injection. Most people are anxious about injections, even burly macho men and medical staff! I reassure the patient explaining what I want him/her to do, where to lie, and what part of the body to be open.

Before continuing check the doctor’s order and check the medication dosage. Use a new injection with a new needle, pull up the medication to be given. Clean the area with an alcohol prep and prior to penetration, which must be rapid, I SMACK the area with the left hand and then penetrate with the syringe. The SMACK of the area is more of a shock than the rapid stick. The smack does not have to be a stinging smack but simply a firm smack like you were killing a mosquito that sat on your arm. Intramuscular injections must go all the way in, that is the whole length of the needle must penetrate. (Not 50%, not 75%) Then you have to pull back to ensure that you are not in a blood vessel and then give the medication usually at a steady pace. When the medication is depleted, I pull out with speed and then rub the affected area in circular motions. All my patients compliment me by saying “That was nothing and I never felt it at all” There should be no bruising at the location of penetration. There should be no bleeding once the needle is removed from the skin. All it takes is choose the correct location, one Smack, one rapid “stick” - speed makes it painless and quick. Giving the painless injection doesn’t require much skill and unquestionably doesn’t require bravery.
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Sister Annaleen is a veteran registered nurse with 30 years experience and is sponsored by Peachtree ink which is the best place online for ink cartridges for printers

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