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Painful Gluteal Injections: What's Your Position?

Painful Gluteal Injections: What's Your Position?

Anticipation of the discomfort of an intramuscular injection causes anxiety for many patients. To reduce both pain and anxiety, ask the patient to lean forward with elbows on the examination table (or surface of similar height), feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, and toes pointed as far inward as is comfortable. The patient gains some sense of control and feels less pain during the injection.
-- Katy O'Donald, CRNP
    Altoona, Pa

 
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