It isn’t uncommon for many individuals to be afraid of needles, especially when they have to receive a shot. This term to describe needle phobia, is usually aichmophobia or belonephobia, fear of sharp pointed objects. This can be extremely difficult for individuals in the healthcare industry who need to administer injections for patients.
Part of SBBCollege’s fast-track Medical Assisting program, is providing students hands-on instruction and training on how to administer injections. To strengthen this training, our students will be required to understand the structure, function, and terminology required to administer injections. This will provide them a thorough knowledge of the best practices within the healthcare industry.
To begin, it is highly recommended for the student to wash their hands to prevent infection. Especially when dealing with needles and penetration of the skin. Fun fact: Did you know that it’s recommended to wash your hands for 15-20 seconds? This is the time it would take for you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice!
The next step is to prepare the injection site. The instructor will inform the student what part of the body the injection will take place. Usually, it is a subcutaneous injection which is in the fatty tissue, this includes areas on the body that are the upper arm, abdomen, or thigh. Injections into the muscle tissue require a longer needle, which are usually in the upper thigh or buttocks.
Now it is time to administer injections. You have to sterilize the area you’ll be injecting, then remove the needle cover. Make sure you do not touch the point of the needle to ensure that it is sterile and not contaminated. With the free hand, gently pinch the skin at the point of injection. Students then learn how to hold the syringe properly (yes, there’s even an exact angle), and then with a slow, gentle push, they administer the injection!
Sounds painless right? It can be when the person designated to administer injections is an adequately trained professional. In our medical labs, students receive lots of hands-on training so they are confident and competent in their injection skills.
Now, it’s your turn. You can become a medical professional, too. All you have to do is to enroll in our fast-track medical assisting program that you can complete in just about 9 months.
The program includes hands-on training and instruction in the medical labs, as well as on-the-job training during externship. As a medical assisting student, you will master skills in how to administer injections as mentioned above, medical terminology, venipuncture procedure, instrument use, and much more!
Ready to start your career in Medical Assisting? Contact us today for further details – 866-749-7222!