Chapter 10. Administration of Injections

  1. Philip Jevon RN, BSc(Hons), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer2,3,
  2. Elizabeth Payne BSc(Hons), MSc, MRPharmS Deputy Director4,
  3. Dan Higgins RGN, ENB 100, ENB 998 Senior Charge Nurse Critical Care Consultant Honorary Lecturer Visiting Clinical Lecturer3,5,6 and
  4. Ruth Endacott RN, DipN(Lond), MA, PhD Professor7,8
  1. Janet Hunter MA, BSc(Hons) RN Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch10

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

How to Cite

Hunter, J. (2010) Administration of Injections, in Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses (eds P. Jevon, E. Payne, D. Higgins and R. Endacott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Manor Hospital Walsall, UK

  2. 3

    University of Birmingham, UK

  3. 4

    Education, Training and Staff Performance, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

  4. 5

    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK

  5. 6

    Resuscitation Services UK

  6. 7

    University of Plymouth, UK

  7. 8

    La Trobe University, Australia

Author Information

  1. School of Community and Health Sciences, West Smithfield, City University London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181631

Online ISBN: 9781444319750



  • administration of injections;
  • intradermal (ID), subcutaneous (SC) and intramuscular (IM) injections-part of drug administration;
  • medicines management-important aspect of professional practice;
  • choice of route-determined by required pharmacological outcome;
  • sites used for subcutaneous injections;
  • complications associated with ID, SC and IM injections;
  • principles of best practice encouraging safe practice;
  • ‘Z track’ technique


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Routes for Administration of Injections

  • Location and Selection of the Appropriate Injection Site

  • Factors to Consider when Selecting an Injection Site

  • Complications Associated with ID, SC and IM Injections

  • Principles of Practice for Administering Injections

  • Conclusion

  • References