Injection is the act of administering a liquid most especially into a person’s body using a needle and is called Shot in US English and Jab in UK English.

Since the 1600s,Injections has been used to refer to “Forcing a liquid into a person’s body” from the latin “inicere” meaning to “to throw in” or “to throw on”.
Syringe are frequently used in clinical medicine to administer injections.

An Injection is considered to be a type of administering of drugs through the parenteral route i.e the routes of administeration which does not involve the absorption in the digestive tract.
The pain of most injection is usually brief,however for most people the fear of getting an injection is usually worse than the injection itself.

Types of injections

1.Subcutaneous Injection:This is usually admistered as a bolus into the subcutis, the layer of the skin directly below the dermis and the epidermis.

These types of injection are effective in the administration of medications like insulin, morphine and goserelin.some subcutaneous injections come prefilled with the syringe attached.
Subcutaneous injection tends to be less painful than intramuscular injection, this is because the needles are smaller and donot require having to push through as much tissue.

2.Intramuscular Injection:This is the injection of substance into the muscle.The intramuscular route allows the rapid absorption of drugs into the circulation system, using the correct injection technique and selecting the correct site will minimise the risk of complications.
Intramuscular injection is usually given in the buttocks, through or the upper arm area.If the medication to be administered is more than 1cc, the injection is usually given in the buttocks.

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3.Intravenous Injection:This is the type of injection that is administered directly into a person’s vein.It is commonly used for rehydration solution or to provide nutrition for those who are unable to take food or water through the mouth.

With intravenous administation, a thin plastic tube known as intravenous catheter is inserted into the vein.

How to give injection

1.Hold the skin around where you want to give the injection.

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2.With the free hand,gently press on and pull the skin so that it is slightly tight.

3.Insert the skin into the muscle;Hold the syringe barrel tightly and use your wrist to inject the needle through the skin and into the muscle at a 90 degree angle.

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4.If injecting through the vein, insert the needle into the vein with the needle bevel facing up to 15 to 35 degree angle and always in the direction of the heart.

5.For subcutaneous injection,Set the needle at 45 degree angle to the skin and the skin should be pinched together.

Administration of drugs through the mouth or Injection, which of the two do you prefer to go for?
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