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Deltoid Intramuscular Injection

The deltoid intramuscular injection is easily accessible and is only for use with small volumes with a standard dose of 0.5ml and is never to go beyond 1.0ml. The deltoid muscle looks like and upside down tear drop with the muscle it-self being rather large. The actual injection site should be in the center of the muscle allowing for a small area on a large muscle to be the targeted area for the proper deltoid intramuscular injection site. This IM injection site is a little different to locate it requires finding the acromion process located on the scapula then measuring 2 to 3 finger widths in the middle of the arm is the location of the deltoid intramuscular injection site. The position that the patient is less important for the person, but much more important for the one giving the injection, being that it is more important that the healthcare professional is in a comfortable position. Of course, you want to make sure that whatever position the patient chooses, make sure that they are comfortable. With that being said the patient can be sitting, prone, supine, or lateral lying. The gauge of needle used can be a 23-25 with the length being 5/8-1.5 inches consideration must also be made for the size of the patient. Whether they are large or small will also determine the length of the needle. Once the injection site on the deltoid has been located make sure to inject at a 90 degree angle with a darting movement.


Diagram of deltoid intramuscular injection

This diagram shows exactly where the anatomical marks are located to help visualize the deltoid intramuscular injection sites location.
This diagram shows exactly where the anatomical marks are located to help visualize the deltoid intramuscular injection sites location.

Deltoid intramuscular injection

Deltoid Intramuscular injection- Considerations, Advantages, and Disadvantages

The deltoid intramuscular injection site is the preferred site to administer vaccines for infants that are older than 7 months and this is the only site where the Hepatitis B vaccine can be given. The advantages of the deltoid intramuscular injection is that as said before is easy accessible and patients are generally a lot more comfortable with exposing their arms as opposed to another body area. Unlike the ventrogluteal injection, a tourniquet can be applied if a hypersensitivity reaction occurs after a deltoid intramuscular injection. Disadvantages to this site are the size of the muscle mass is small in relation to other IM injection sites. The deltoid intramuscular injection is closely associated with nerves and vascular structures; this leaves a small margin for error with departure from the correct IM injection site. A deltoid intramuscular injection is not an apt site for repeated or large-volume injections exceeding 1.0ml.

Deltoid injections exceeding 3 ml cc


This was asked of me the other day "Are deltoid injections exceeding 3 ml cc ok?" Absolutely not, the only thing you might accomplish is causing severe pain in the patient with the volume you are trying to input into the patients arm.

How to administer a vaccine deltoid


With out further delay let's pretend that as a nurse you are about to give a vaccine for Hepatitis B. The first thing you do is wash your hands, dawn the gloves, grab a 24 gauge needle 5/8 inch will do. Draw up the amount of drug to be administered, locate the acromion process and measure down 2 finger widths in the middle of the arm then with a quick darting motion at a 90 degree angle, insert, aspirate to avoid blood stream injection, and inject.


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niel 5 months ago

can i inject 4ml of anti hepa vaccine at deltoid site?


Michele 10 months ago

I had a flu vaccine 6 weeks ago. I immediately had pain from the injection. It felt like a lot of pressure bringing tears. I went about my work(RN hospital) and after two weeks of pain and not being able to lift my arm above chest level or rotating outward I went to employee health. They did several days of Motrin then prednisone and finally MRI which showed bursitis edema in the muscle and a partial full thickness tear in the infraspinatus tendon. I am now going to see an orthopedic surgeon. Can an injection cause the tear.


sarah 11 months ago

My younger sister is 17 and went in for a routine depo provera shot yesterday and she called me today tired and feeling sick like allergies/ upper resp inf ..she said she felt bad since yesterday after her shot ,she said the new male nurse was very nervous , kept pausing and measuring his hand on his deltoid muscle then her muscle , finally put the needle in super slow and injected it even slower when he removed the needle blood squirted out of her arm and bled more than she has ever bled before he asked her to compress it so he could clean the blood from the floor, he didn't get a doctor or tell anyone just covered it and had her compress over her jacket as she left ... what is this ?? I have never herd of such a thing ?


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jagged81 15 months ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@healthnut I guess it is possible to hit superficial nerves. Make sure to rotate arms every month. But also give thought to the Ventrogluteal injection for long term use. This is due to the fact that it is a much bigger muscle.


healthnut123 15 months ago

I have given myself several b12 IM injections in the deltoid without any discomfort at all. However, as of late, even though I know I am hitting the correct area, it feels as though when the needle is about half way in, I feel as though I am hitting a nerve. There is this weird feeling that somewhat mimicks an electric shock. Could it be that I am hitting a superficial nerve or something else? I know this thread is a little old, but I hope you get this as you seem very knowledgeable! Thank you!


zaty 21 months ago

if use ndle 23 can??


lynn 2 years ago

can an im given to high on arm cause neck pain for 2 weeks


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Angle is 90 degrees, and size of needle depends on size of person's arm. Thanks!


harish 2 years ago

plz notify the angle of needle inserted into deltoid while im injection doing.


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Probably unrelated, sounds like a rotator cuff tear in your shoulder. You need an MRI to confirm.


nazr 2 years ago

What happen if u got IM diclofenac sodium 2cc in deltoid 6 month earlier and now cannot raised arm above shoulder


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Natasha - That may be, but the amount given here is for the healthcare professional, and a standard of practice nationwide.


Natasha 2 years ago

Giving injections up to 3mL in the Deltoid is FINE. I have been giving myself 3mL B-12 shots which has never caused any problems at all.


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Even still, an MA would require special training to give injections. Giving injections is not something you just do, you have to know the anatomy of the area you are injecting.....


April 2 years ago

I am an MA, where I live ALL of the people that give shots are MA's NOT LPN's. You can not find a doctor here that does not have an MA that does injections and blood draws, and all of the MA's I've ever encountered have done a very good job of giving injections, so for the person that says that being that an MA gave the injection and that is the problem right there, that was not cool. Not all MA's do a bad job, only one every once in a while.


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

7 days is still not enough time for complete healing of a injection injury, keep working your arm, doing range of motion exercises, if the problem persist after a month from today, seek medical attention.


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Yea go have the doctors look at it, I would say that the injury from the needle caused some type of scar tissue inside. Get it checked out, but no hurry.


ELIZABETH 2 years ago

On Feb.1, 2012 I was given my 3rd Hep.B vaccine and my right deltoid is still hurting. I think she kind of angled the needle as she stuck me and when she pushed the vaccine it burned so much that it hurts for days. What should I do? My right deltoid feels like it's throbbing,burning, and still hurting. Help!


Mira 2 years ago

Hi, I have had hepatitis B vaccine a year a go and my arm till now still swollen and itching me in the same area that I took the vaccine!! I feel like the medicine didn't go through my body and its still frozen in the same spot because its hard and I can feel it!!! what do think is that please!!! should i see a doctor asap!!!


kab 2 years ago

What if tetanus is injected in the vein?


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ moe brass The injection you speak of is a joint injection, much different than what is spoken of in this article, But as far as the shoulder goes, some things are just unfixable, do you ever trying seeing a physical therapist?


moe brass 2 years ago

had a injection on 12-23-09 to the back of my shoulder the first froze the shoulder first then the cordizone in the office of dr. when freeze wore off the pain was throgh the roof. before i could lift wieght over my head. after 12-23-09 could not lift over qa pound over my head lost alot off movment in my right shouder . back in the dr office on 12-30-09 told the dr that my shoulder is worse from the shot he talk me to a notghter shot to the front off the shoulder and argude to ge a MRI did not what to do that at first he said that wormencomp would not pay i said i will go to another dr then he finialy agread to the MRI .. it showed proublems with shoulder . three surgery laiter still cant lift up weight over my head pain does not stop.


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ CindyEP I would really need to see a picture of the arm at least, and when you say "large amount of blood" where is it coming from, after injection? most swelling can be normal, but like I said, I would need to see it. If most cases, I have never heard of an MA giving an injection, most of the time you have to be at least an LPN, that could be enough right there, unless the MA had special training to do injections.


CindyEP 2 years ago

I have a question. My 11yr-old daughter received a deltoid vaccine inj. and she immediatly felt pain and she had a larger than normal amount of blood. only 1 day after her arm is huge and bruised and in alot of pain. The MA that administered it was very uncaring and did not even do her proper preparing before the injection. It was a very unprofessional job. I am very worried could you please help me regarding complications, long-term damage to the muscle or nerves and if I have a base for lawsuit.


curious 2 years ago

If a 2ml injection of B12 is given in the deltoid, how long after would it take to know if any damage is done? There was no pain or swelling to the area.


suraksha 2 years ago

My 3 yr old son had an injection 2 months ago , immediately after receiving the injection he started limping . He has been in extreme pain recently and could not walk , he is always complaining that his leg were he got the injection is painfull . what should I do , we have run numerous test and everythings seems clear . I am very worried has he is only 3 .


Jane685101 2 years ago

Besides severe pain at the injection site, are there serious complications to injecting 1cc of lorazepam diluted with 5cc NS into a deltoid muscle? It wasn't a planned incident.


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jagged81 2 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ RN2B How much fuild came out, I would say that enough vaccine got into the muscle to absorb, and there is nothing the vaccine can do to the tissue above the muscle, so I would not worry about that. As far as a re-vaccine, consult with your MD.


RN2B 2 years ago

I received a flu vaccine from a an LPN who seemed nervous. I had clear fluid run out on my arm after the injection. I was wondering what could happen if the vaccine did not get into my muscle? Is it dangerous and should I get another vaccine?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ muscan khan-- Not sure what you are trying to ask, but only inject into the deltoid, never just below or just above, exactly like the article says!!


muscan khan 3 years ago

if i am inject im injacyion on diltaid musles ;in inject just crass below vane what agtion pation condition


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Sanjay Chowdhry - Well, that does make it hard, but I would keep searching for a doctor who will say yes!!!


Sanjay Chowdhry 3 years ago

Yes i did but doctors always advise me that the issue is not so big and i need to get in tch with physiotherapist .. which I did but still that problem is there .....


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Sanjay Chowdhry - have you had it look at by a doctor, sounds like you may need surgery!!!


Sanjay Chowdhry 3 years ago

I have some issue with my left shoulder ..I dont have any confidence as sometimes my left hand if i lift it jams as my bone is dislocated and it starts paining a lot and the hands remains stuck where it is .. and by lifting or giving a slight jerk it gets back to its original place but pains a lot .. I dont know what to do with it ...


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ ceendee never heard of injecting this drug before, why not just take it by mouth? Anyway, if in fact this drug is able to be given IM, the max in the deltoid is 1ml, any more than that, increases chances of muscle damage. Thanks :)


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ceendee 3 years ago

what will happen if 2 ml of paracetamol is injected at deltoid muscle? thanks.


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Siren, sounds like the muscle may have been relaxing.


Siren 3 years ago

I just have a quick question, I received the DTP vaccine yesterday, this morning while applying a warm compress to help with pain, I heard liquid rush around inside the muscle. Is this normal?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Clint, Recent changes to the way Phenergan is given don't even allow us to push the medication anymore or run it through a piggy back in veins @ the wrist and below due to the possibility of the vein blowing and causing that tissue damage. However, Phenergan was given IM all the time just a few years back. How many milliliters total were injected into the deltoid?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ co Besides possibly hurting like heck, nothing!!


clint 3 years ago

A friend came over and gave me a Phenagran injection into my L deltoid. It has been 11 days, I still have soreness as if I got the injection yesterday, and I also have superficial numbness. No brusing though. I found out this injection can cause tissue death. I am now terrified. Is it normal to be sore this long?


co 3 years ago

so what happens if i njected 1.5 ml


lee22283 3 years ago

thank you for the answer. thats a great relief. have a good day!


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@lee22283 I think you made the best decision. Whether it works you'll have to leave up to the body.


lee22283 3 years ago

also, my patient's left arm has a hemodialysis fistula and i cannot use the that arm if i must give 1 cc of hep b vaccine on each deltoid.


lee22283 3 years ago

my patient has ESRD and shes very thin. her hep b vaccine is double dosed (2ccs) she asked that i give her 1 shot only. so i gave the 2 ccs of hep b vaccine to her ventrogluteal region, risking the lower inmmune response rather than the muscle atrophy. what do you think will happen since it should only be given per deltoid?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

The deltoid is a smaller muscle, I would recommend the ventrogluteal see my hub http://hubpages.com/hub/Ventrogluteal-Injection Any soreness that you may feel at the moment, could be due to tensing up at the time of injection, be concerned if the pain isn't gone completely in 7 days. I would not use the deltoid for the long term. Nor more than once per month, or you will be sore for a long time.


T-test 3 years ago

Just started testosterone injections for HRT and was advised by my health care provider to use the deltoid area. After injecting 1ml into the detoid with a 1" 22g needle I am experiencing soreness with movement of my arm, more so than any previous shot I have ever had. Is this a normal reaction to the testosterone injection, or did I inject too close to the acromium process?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

maybe nothing, might not vaccinate properly, may also increase risk of side effects, wouldnt try it, unless you did, and if you're still alive, then you should be ok.


park 3 years ago

i mean blood vessel?


park 3 years ago

what will happen if you inject hepa b vaccine into the vein?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ vivi2684 - Yes Nausea and vomiting is a normal side effect of Dilaudid, which is stronger than morphine. However, if she is still having Nausea and vomiting, then go back to the hospital, because it can also be related to the spinal injury, or some other disease process. Also, are her kidney's functioning well?


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vivi2684 3 years ago

she was injected "Dilaudid". My mom is 53 years old.


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@vivi2684 - Depends on what the medication was, what was it exactly, because the medication could still be in her system, also, how old is she?


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vivi2684 3 years ago

Hello. My mother received a deltoid I.m injection 24 hours ago at th e.r because she was experiencing strong spinal pain since she is injured and has a hernia. Before the rn gave her the injection,she was given two chewable pills to avoid nausea for the shot. Well apparently that medication didn't do any good...she's been having nausea and vomitting ever since she was given the I.m injection which was 24 hrs ago...are these side-effects normal to last this long?? Thanks.


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Im sure you could sue, make sure facts are straight. Like why you feel that way. Have you been disabled by this injection?


mary mc crudden 3 years ago

can anurse get sued if im deltoid injection was given too high


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ madeeha- the swelling is the natural bodies reaction to being penetrated, the inflammatory process.

@ Kerry- It is possible that your daughter anticipated the poke of the needle and tightened her muscles up at the moment of injection, then after injection she tensed up more, causing her to feel the tightened muscles expand upon injection of vaccine. For the inflammation, try ice. Maybe even advise with a physician on a proper Motrin dose. Obviously if it doesn't start to clear up within a week or gets worse seek medical attention at your local ER.


kerry 3 years ago

My daughter had her hpv vaccine in upper arm, this is the 3rd one of the lot, she has had no comps with the previous however this time she complained that when the needle went in she felt it "blow up" afterwards she felt a little unwell but put it down to nerves has it hurt more than before, she has now been left with a large lump at the site, a little red and quite warm in the area, is this something I should get checked out? I have put it down to nurse administering the inj wrong?? Can u advise thanks


madeeha 3 years ago

can you tell me that the swelling is because of what??


jennakbbe 3 years ago

I received a benadryl injection in my left arm 10 days ago, do to poison Ivy. At the sight of the injection, I have a huge lump, it is the size of a silver dollar, and is extremely sore. I feel it moving my arm around too, as it gives resistance against my range of motion. This is not normal, had the dr look at it, and i was laughed off. Could you let me know what could be the problem?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Aaisha it is headed to the blood stream anyway, hard to tell, if it hasn't already happened then nothing will.

@ B12, the person will be fine, just be careful in the future!


B12 3 years ago

Ok so I gave a B12 today, and accidentally gave them 1.0 cc rather than the 0.5cc... is this person going to be ok?


Aaisha 3 years ago

what if Hepatits b vaccine is accidently injected in a vein?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Use of 1 1/2 inch is not uncommon, use of one on the deltoid is, unless the person is very large, be careful with that size of needle.


CMA,CHP 3 years ago

The use of a 1 1/2 inch needle isno t that uncommon I use them often for methylprednisone and hex


yusra 3 years ago

wat r the complication of deloid injection if given at wrong site


erik 3 years ago

i was injected tetanus toxoid vaccine on the right deltoid. did not actually look during injection procedure cause it only hurts me so i look away. at first, there was a stingy pain felt but the following morning, the pain turned sharply.

i palpated the injection site to be just below the acromion and is reddish and still painful when i exert effort on my arm during work.. I have put on ice-pack for almost a day now and still is painful....

what shall i do?


celine 3 years ago

hi, i just want to ask, why should we avoid massaging the injection site? thanks..:)


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ Louise you have something else going on, visit a clinic or go to ER.

@ Mary the Axillary nerve is just below the Deltoid, but the fact that it radiates to your wrist tells me that you might have just slept on it wrong, but for the sake of assurance, visit a clinic or ER.


mary 3 years ago

i received a B12 shot in my right deltoid today. i now have numbness going down the back of arm to my wrist. i assume this is temporary nerve damage? will it last long? anything i can do to help it?


Louise 3 years ago

I had a flu shot in my deltoid over a month ago. I am still having pain in my deltoid so much so that it wakes me from sleep and I can't even put my arm over my head to get undressed. I went to occupational health at work because they are the ones who gave me the injection and I was told it was just a coincidence that the pain started the very same day as the flu shot and that I have rotator cuff tendonitis. I still feel they are related what are your thoughts


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ robert_k

You can use the ventrogluteal site up to 4ml http://hubpages.com/hub/Ventrogluteal-Injection


robert_k 3 years ago

What should we use for doses larger than 1.0 ml?


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ LaurenAB warm compresses is the best advice however if it gets worse visit the ER

@kiozx most pain can be normal at an IM injection site. However, as stated numerous times before in this article if the pain persists or gets worse visit your ER


kiozx 3 years ago

it is normal if there's a pain after im injection?anti hepa..


LaurenAB 3 years ago

I got my third Gardasil vaccine (R deltoid) about 3 weeks ago, and about 1 day ago I developed a painful bump about the size of a pea at the injection site. The skin puncture from the injection is a tiny blue/purple mark... that is how I know the painful bump is exactly where the injection was given. The same day I received the Gardasil injection, I also received a Depo Provera injection in the other arm (L deltoid), both arms were sore for a day or two but the pain was not even bad enough to take an ibuprofen. There is no bump or blue/purple mark of the skin puncture at the site of the Depo injection. I had received these two injections on the same day 3 months prior to this last date without any problems. Additionally, that third Gardasil injection was more painful than any injection I've ever gotten in my life (including the 2 previous Gardasil injections, Depo Provera shots, allergy shots, Xolair shots, a corticosteroid shot). I am not sure if the new bump and pain has to do with the Gardasil itself or just the procedure that was done that day. I called the NP clinic I regularly see (where the injections were administered) and the nurse answering the phone said to put a warm compress on it. Any advice or thoughts? Thank you very much.


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jagged81 3 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Not sure what you mean? Please explain a little more


Rose 3 years ago

I got a pneumonia shot today at the local board of health. The nurse gave the shot even with the acromion process towards the back. My shoulder hurts tonight. Is that an acceptable site to be giving an injection?


Steroizi 3 years ago

nice info :)


vivekc 3 years ago

What happens if rabies vaccine is given intravascular route


kara 4 years ago

Is it ok to give a flu shot deltoid IM with a 25 gauge 5/8" safety needle? I work at a clinic and that is our protocol unless the patient is obese, then we are to use our own judgement. Most of our flu shot patients are smaller, elderly individuals that don't have much muscle mass. Any advice?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

It is like I always say "If you get a shot you are gonna get a knot." Unless the swelling continues to increase, you will be fine. Use warm compresses to relief some of the swelling. Thanks for the comment.


Sonny Puente MTASCP 4 years ago

I GOT MY SERIES OF HEPATITIS B INJECTIONS AND NOW I HAVE A KNOT ON THE SIDE OF MY DELTOID MUSCLE. ANY IDEAS?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ aftab please refer to the diagram in the shaded area on the deltoid and of course, please read....the info is all there.


aftab 4 years ago

exact site for injection plz


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

It depends on a lot of factors, how many mls did you inject? I have only ever given this medication in the ventrogluteal site, http://hubpages.com/hub/Ventrogluteal-Injection Also what gauge and size of needle did you use? Also, of course the patient bled, they got stuck with a needle, and a small knot is normal as long as it gets better not worse.


MA 4 years ago

Today I gave a patient a depo provera injection, I located the site, injected, aspirated, no blood was noticed then pushed. Half way through the medication it got suck, the medication did not want to go in so I stopped and pulled out. The patient then bled a little and was left with a small knot in the injection site. What did I do wrong?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Discard the blood....not enough in the syringe to worry about saving.....your body will make more blood...thanks for the question. You should never re-use the needle to inject into correct spot....due to infection control. Draw up more solution in a brand new syringe and try the whole process again.


hanjie 4 years ago

Im injection should be aspirated first right?....

to check if you hit the vein or not..

but what if...by the time you aspirate..and you hit the blood vessel...lets say just 0.05 cc of blood aspirated..mixed or unmixed...what would you do to the blood youved aspirated?...just push a little bit to removed the blood?..or will need to discard the sol'n inside the syringe and change a new one? or just inject the sol'n together with the blood on other site?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Being that you have been getting injections twice every other week, you can't be allergic to the medication and needles are not long enough to do nerve damage they are only a half inch at the most unless you are a larger person, but using 1.5 inch needle is so rare for a deltoid injection. But your deltoids are getting poked at least twice every other week. Needles cause a little damage to the muscles each time you get an injection including the medication expanding the muscle; being that you are injected so frequently I would talk to your doctor about alternate therapies. Also if your doctor won't see you go to a walk in clinic and get a second opinion. If you get worse go to the ER.


Cherie' 4 years ago

I get allergy shots in each shoulder area bi-weekly...one week ago I was injected and with a few days I noticed weakness in right shoulder...now 1-week later I cannot lift my right arm up..it seems as though my shoulder is paralyzed...I called the allergy clinic today and talked to the triage nurse and she says it couldn't have been caused by the allergy shot that their needles aren't long enough..I think she is wrong and it was caused by this as there is no other reason for me not to be able to lift shoulder..can you give me som advice please on what to do?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

@ SMI-- This medication may cause irritation, redness, swelling, warmth, itching, bruising, pain and a hard lump at the injection site which lasts a few days up to a week. Other side effects include low grade fever, muscle or joint aches, general body discomfort, flushing or itching. Anything beyond that, seek medical attention.


smi 4 years ago

last month i had an injury.i went to the doc n he gave me T.T inj in deltoid region.it hurt a lot.i dont know the ml or dose.but after that i had fever for 3-4 days.since then i had a slight pain in that site but now its increasing.wt should i do?will antibiotics help?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Anything above 1.0cc can cause serious pain and/or tissue damage. So, no 3cc would not be OK. If we are dealing with an adult try this http://hubpages.com/hub/Ventrogluteal-Injection


aa 4 years ago

will 3 cc still be ok at deltoid?


Jen d 4 years ago

Hi, thanks for all the advice so far. I also have a question... A couple of weeks ago I gave an injection to a patient and they said it hurt a lot after which I thought was normal but they seemed to be in a lot pain. It eventually went away but three weeks later the patient said they have numbness and feel weird in their limbs on both sides. I only gave a b12 injection, I did think I injected too deep accidently because the person was a little heavier. I'm a nursing student and I feel awful! Do you think I caused this? What are side effects of hitting a nerve or blood vessel?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

You always want to aspirate, just to get into the habit of doing it, the purpose is to avoid injecting the drug directly into the blood stream. With certain drugs this could be life threatening, because the purpose of an IM is to go into the muscle. No matter the site, find your landmarks, inject, aspirate, if you get blood pull out, if not, push plunger. Hope that helps.


cza 4 years ago

hi i am a student nurse and it was my first time in IM injection. i want to ask what will happen if i forgot to aspirate the needle while injecting. but i only use distilled water because we performed it for practice only.. im so afraid can you give me some advice plz


Paula 4 years ago

Hi, I had a Tdap 2 weeks ago in the deltoid muscle, I have continual pain in my deltoid muscle like it is in a cramp, I cannot lift my arm - maybe about 12" from my side and its agony. The muscle itself is lumpy to the touch. I am going to physical therapy for massage, heat and electrical stimulus but Im concerned that Im not going to regain full movement. I have been in touch the the doctor who says he has never seen it before and gave me painkillers but no advice. Does anyone else know of this? thanks Paula


jsample 4 years ago

I had an injection of Demerol for pain following a surgery. I am not sure of the cc's. This was 5 weeks ago and my right deltoid is still very sore. I am an ultrasound technologist and have scanned the area and do not see anything abnormal. Any ideas?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

I would bring it to there attention so they can check to see if they did inject to high.


Dizzylizzy 4 years ago

Hi Just had the pneumvax and two issues. Injection site was very close to the top of my shoulder/acromion process and shortly after had +++ pain and difficulty moving my arm. Put ice all night and is a little better but still very sore and ROM is limited. Also had episode of dizziness and nausea but ok now. Question is should I tell health care professional who admistered injection. I really like them and don't want to critisize but hope this will not happen to others.

Thanks


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

How many CC's did you inject?


jeanie 4 years ago

I gave my 90 y/o mother her B12 injection today as have done every month for past 2 years. given IM in deltoid. today, about 3 hours later she noticed it hurt and had some swelling. I had her put ice to area for tonight. Can you think of why this would happen?? I have never had that happen before and esp to my elderly Mother!!! :(


vivek 4 years ago

what if after intradeltoid injection of antirabies vaccine, pt develops mild erythema with macules and itching in same hand and and vomiting ?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

To be honest given your knowledge base you should never inject yourself or anybody......go to a doctor.


noname 4 years ago

What about a 6ml injection into the thigh of a 22mo old? Could that cause problems it knotted up pretty big.


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

10cc would cause a severe amount of pain and tissue damage. Would not recommend. There is no point to inject 10 cc anyway.


ting 4 years ago

what will happen if 10cc of drug was injected at the deltoid?the patient was medium-built. i know it will cause discomfort but other than that would he develop other complications?


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jagged81 4 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

It should be injected two - three finger breadths below acromium process into the deltoid, hence, "deltoid intramuscular injection" and NOT acromium process intra-bone-tendon-ligament injection." JUST playing, sounds like you might have had some type of allergic reaction too.


maj 4 years ago

I had a flu vaccine injection administered just below the acromium process. I started developing pain on arm movement, within a couple of hours. Within 3 weeks I had lost a good deal of muscle strength and mass and had to go to Physical Therapy. The therapist was upset that I had waited so long before coming in. Prior to the therapy, I felt as if my arm was going to fall out of its socket. It also cause sharp pain whenever I lifted my arm when I changed my position during sleep. Needless to say, I ensure no one gives me an injection that close to the acromium process again!


Mike 5 years ago

Shouldn't you aspirate to be sure you're not in a vein?


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jagged81 5 years ago from New Mexico Hub Author

Well, location is based on comfort and the amount of fluid a certain muscle can hold. So injecting there would not be a big deal, it would probably hurt like heck. Also take a chance of injecting into blood stream. Depending on the drug this would be bad.


san 5 years ago

If we inject just below the acromian process ,what will happen..?

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