Guide to Good Prescribing - A Practical Manual
(1994; 115 pages) [Arabic] [Bengali; Bangla] [French] [Korean] [Romanian] [Russian] [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
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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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CHECKLIST 4. Subcutaneous injection

Materials needed

Syringe with the drug to be administered (without air), needle (Gauss 25, short and thin; on syringe), liquid disinfectant, cotton wool, adhesive tape.


1. Wash hands.

2. Reassure the patient and explain the procedure.

3. Uncover the area to be injected (upper arm, upper leg, abdomen).

4. Disinfect skin.

5. ‘Pinch’ fold of the skin.

6. Insert needle in the base of the skin-fold at an angle of 20 to 30 degrees.

7. Release skin.

8. Aspirate briefly; if blood appears: withdraw needle, replace it with a new one, if possible, and start again from point 4.

9. Inject slowly (0.5 - 2 minutes!).

10. Withdraw needle quickly.

11. Press sterile cotton wool onto the opening. Fix with adhesive tape.

12. Check the patient's reaction and give additional reassurance, if necessary.

13. Clean up; dispose of waste safely; wash hands.

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