This section covers various types of medication administration (intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SQ)), injection sites, videos, safety checks, quizzes, and the medication administration record (MAR). For your return demonstration you will be expected to give an IM and SQ injection. You must view the video and practice according to the guidelines prior to your return demo. You will be provided with your practice kit during the lab session with your instructor. Quiz 1 covers calculating medication dosages. Quiz 2 covers calculating IV flow rates. NCLEX questions begins your journey to passing the NCLEX test for licensure as an RN. Click each picture or section to navigate to the correct page.
Syringes and Needles
Needles are measured in gauges. Gauges start at 6 and go to 30. The smaller the number the larger the needle diameter. The needle length can range from 1/2 inch to 5 inches. Care must be taken to use the correct gauge and length for the type of injection you are giving. Syringes range from 1 ml to 60 ml. The correct size syringe should be chosen based on the amount of the medication to inject. Insulin syringes are in a different category as they measure in units.
The medication administration record contains a list of the current medications ordered by the physician for the patient. each record contains the patient's name, date of birth, allergies, start date of the medication. and the specific medication with dose and route.