Intramuscular Injections - eLearning

Provides underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for performing safe and effective intramuscular injections and raises awareness of the legal implications of the NMC and organisational policies regarding injection administration.

In doing so, it promotes the safety and well-being of all patients who require intramuscular injections.

£4.95 + VAT


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:


  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with giving intramuscular injections within local and national guidance
  • Follow procedures for gaining consent and correct documentation
  • Describe relevant anatomy and give a rationale for site selection
  • List reasons why medications might be given by parenteral route
  • Understand the need to manage health and safety risk
  • Outline factors influencing choice of needles and syringes
  • Understand the correct procedures for preparing medicines to be administered by intramuscular injection
  • Outline appropriate methods of communication and the correct positioning of patients maintaining privacy and dignity


Course content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • Introduction
  • Intramuscular (IM) route of administration
  • Reasons for the IM route
  • Potential complications
  • Appropriate IM injection sites –    Vastus Lateralis
  • Deltoid
  • Ventrogluteal
  • Dorsogluteal
  • Injection volumes
  • Equipment
  • Skin cleaning
  • Needle selection
  • Filter needles
  • Syringes
  • Administration checks
  • Medicine preparation
  • Reconstituting
  • Patient preparation
  • Injection procedure
  • Z track technique
  • Aspiration
  • Pain
  • Standard precautions
  • Hand cleansing
  • Sharps safety
  • Needle stick injury