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Intramuscular Injections

An injection is a method of putting liquid into the body with a hollow needle and a syringe which is pierced through the skin to a sufficient depth for the material to be forced into the body. An injection follows a parenteral route of injection, that is, its effect is not necessarily local to the area in which the injection is administered; it is systemic.

There are several types of injections or infusions, including, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intravenous infusions.

An intramuscular injection is a shot of medicine given into a muscle. A syringe with medicine in it, is attached to a needle. The needle goes through the skin and into a muscle. The medicine is pushed into the muscle by pressing on the syringe plunger. When the medicine has been pushed into the muscle, the needle is removed.

A nurse administers an IM injection.


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