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An intramuscular (IM) injection is a shot of medicine given into a muscle. Certain medicines need to be injected into the muscle for them to work correctly and for quick absorption. Our nurses will administer your prescribed medication at your home to avoid trips to the hospital. The medication is not included in price.

About

Intramuscular injection, often abbreviated IM, is the injection of a substance directly into a muscle. In medicine, it is one of several alternative methods for the administration of medications. Muscles have larger and more numerous blood vessels than subcutaneous tissue and injections here usually have faster rates of absorption than subcutaneous injections or intradermal injections.

Procedure

The selected site is cleansed with an antimicrobial and is allowed to dry. It is injected with the dominant hand using a quick, darting motion perpendicular to the patient’s body at an angle between 72 and 90 degrees, as a faster injection is less painful. The needle is then stabilized with the nondominant hand while the dominant hand slides to the plunger to slowly instil the medication, as a rapid injection causes more discomfort. The needle is withdrawn at the same angle inserted. Gentle pressure is applied with a gauze but the site is not massaged to prevent forcing the medication into subcutaneous tissue.

Requirements

To get this service you will need to provide us with your doctor's note or discharge summary, and consent to contact your doctor. It is essential to provide a safe care service. Specific medical supplies, including medications are not included in the price.

Disclaimer

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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  • Meet our medic

    We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.

  • Get the results

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