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SDI: Insertion and Removal course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
General Medicine / Specialist
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

This session introduces the requirements for the safe insertion and removal of subdermal implants (SDIs), shows how an implant is inserted and removed, and demonstrates the techniques step by step.

For consistency we have adopted the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Unit's (CEU) guidance. This guidance may differ from the manufacturer's summary of product characteristics and patient information leaflet.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the SDI insertion and removal site and the required equipment for the procedure (including emergency equipment)
  • Describe the principles, techniques and potential problems of SDI insertion, removal and re-insertion
  • Document the procedure and audit practice

The technique for implant insertion and removal is easy to learn and quick to undertake in a busy clinic or surgery.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have completed:

  • SXH_17_01 Local Anaesthesia for SDI Insertion and Removal
  • SXH_17_02 SDI Summary of Method
  • Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. CEU Guidance. Progestogen-only Implants. 2014; London: FSRH
Instructors / Speakers
Simone Reuter,
Simone has worked in contraception and sexual health

Simone has worked in contraception and sexual health since 1995, both in the UK and New Zealand. Her special interest is in long acting methods of contraception and she is the author of the Faculty CD-Rom on implant contraception.

SDI: Insertion and Removal course for Medical Doctors
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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