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
Open this folder and view contentsPart 4: Keeping up-to-date
Close this folderAnnexes
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 6. Intravenous injection

Materials needed

Syringe with the drug to be administered (without air), needle (Gauss 20, long and medium thickness; on syringe), liquid disinfectant, cotton wool, adhesive tape, tourniquet.


1. Wash your hands.

2. Reassure the patient and explain the procedure.

3. Uncover arm completely.

4. Have the patient relax and support his arm below the vein to be used.

5. Apply tourniquet and look for a suitable vein.

6. Wait for the vein to swell.

7. Disinfect skin.

8. Stabilize the vein by pulling the skin taut in the longitudinal direction of the vein. Do this with the hand you are not going to use for inserting the needle.

9. Insert the needle at an angle of around 35 degrees.

10. Puncture the skin and move the needle slightly into the vein (3-5 mm).

11. Hold the syringe and needle steady.

12. Aspirate. If blood appears hold the syringe steady, you are in the vein. If it does not come, try again.

13. Loosen tourniquet.

14. Inject (very) slowly. Check for pain, swelling, hematoma; if in doubt whether you are still in the vein aspirate again!

15. Withdraw needle swiftly. Press sterile cotton wool onto the opening. Secure with adhesive tape.

16. Check the patient's reactions and give additional reassurance, if necessary.

17. Clean up; dispose of waste safely; wash your hands.

Step 8

Step 9

Steps 11 to 14


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