t. Dispose Expended Needle and Syringe. Place the needle and syringe in a
non-permeable container in accordance with local policy. Proper disposal of equipment
prevents cross contamination, drug abuse, and injury by needles.
u. Record Administration of Intramuscular Injection. Record the information
in the patient's medical record (inpatient or outpatient) or field medical card IAW local
Prompt recording prevents other personnel from administering the same
(2) After recording the information, follow local procedure for returning the
patient's medical record, or field medical card, to the records holding area.
Section II. ADMINISTER A SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION
a. The subcutaneous (SQ) method of injection is commonly ordered for
medication that requires a slower absorption rate than IM injections provide.
b. The needle must pass through the epidermis and dermis to reach the
subcutaneous fatty (adipose) tissue (see figure 2-7). Small volumes of medication that
are voluble and nonirritating to body tissues are administered by this method. A variety
of medications, such as insulin and some immunizations, are given subcutaneously.
Figure 2-7. Insertion of needle.