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Administering Subcutaneous Injections

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
3 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Subcutaneous injections are a common practice for care providers. However, it is important to understand the basic principles of administering medication in this manner.

What are Subcutaneous Injections?

Subcutaneous injections are used to administer medication into the fatty tissue layer between the skin and the muscle (subcutaneous tissue). The subcutaneous tissue has a smaller blood supply, meaning the medication is absorbed more slowly than if inserted into a vein (Case-Lo 2018; Shepherd 2018).

This type of injection may be beneficial for medications such as insulin and heparin that require continuous absorption (Shepherd 2018).

Additionally, subcutaneous injections are a less expensive, easier and sometimes more effective way of administering certain medications (Case-Lo 2018).

The needles used should generally be 16mm long and 25 to 27 gauge (DoH 2018).

Delivery
Title
Administering Subcutaneous Injections
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
3 minutes
Start Date
23-Jun-2020
End Date
23-Jun-2023
CPD Points
3 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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