Guide to Good Prescribing - A Practical Manual
(1994; 115 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentWhy you need this book
Open this folder and view contentsPart 1: Overview
Open this folder and view contentsPart 2: Selecting your P(ersonal) drugs
Open this folder and view contentsPart 3: Treating your patients
Open this folder and view contentsPart 4: Keeping up-to-date
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Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 1: Essentials of pharmacology in daily practice
View the documentAnnex 2: Essential references
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 3: How to explain the use of some dosage forms
Close this folderAnnex 4. The use of injections
View the documentGeneral practical aspects of injecting
View the documentCHECKLIST 1. Aspirating from ampoules (glass, plastic)
View the documentCHECKLIST 2. Aspirating from a vial
View the documentCHECKLIST 3. Dissolving dry medicine
View the documentCHECKLIST 4. Subcutaneous injection
View the documentCHECKLIST 5. Intramuscular injection
View the documentCHECKLIST 6. Intravenous injection
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General practical aspects of injecting

Apart from the specific technique of injecting, there are a few general rules that you should keep in mind.

1. Expiry dates

Check the expiry dates of each item including the drug.

If you make housecalls, check the drugs in your medical bag regularly to make sure that they have not passed the expiry date.

2. Drug

Make sure that the vial or ampoule contains the right drug in the right strength.

3. Sterility

During the whole preparation procedure, material should be kept sterile.
Wash your hands before starting to prepare the injection.
Disinfect the skin over the injection site.

4. No bubbles

Make sure that there are no air bubbles left in the syringe.
This is more important in intravenous injections.

5. Prudence

Once the protective cover of the needle is removed extra care is needed.
Do not touch anything with the unprotected needle.
Once the injection has been given take care not to prick yourself or somebody else.

6. Waste

Make sure that contaminated waste is disposed of safely.

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