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243-244 - Special In-Brief Sessions: An Old Nursing Skill with New Guidelines: The Intramuscular Injection - One Hospital's Struggle. What is Your Practice?; Improving Aseptic Technique Practices in the Ambulatory Procedural Areas

‐ Apr 24, 2013 2:00pm

An Old Nursing Skill with New Guidelines: The Intramuscular Injection – One Hospital’s Struggle. What is Your Practice?: Administering an intramuscular injection (IM) is a basic nursing skill, but the majority of nurses do not perform this task according to best practice guidelines. This presentation shares the experience of one hospital in developing a new policy, procedure, and teaching plan to ensure compliance, as well as the lessons learned from implementation.

Improving Aseptic Technique Practices in the Ambulatory Procedural Areas: This session explores the efforts of one institution to improve aseptic technique practices in ambulatory procedural areas. After inconsistent practices were identified, a plan to develop an educational program based on evidence for all current and new nursing staff in procedural areas and a nursing policy on the technique was implemented. We discuss the methods used to identify issues and the plan used to implement change and share our experience to help other institutions facing the same issues within their own practice.

Contact hours available until 4/23/2015.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Faculty, Planners and Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
Presenter(s) have no disclosures to declare.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Non-Endorsement of Products:
Accreditation of activities for contact hours does not imply approval or endorsement of any product, advertising, or educational content by Anthony J. Jannetti Inc., AAACN, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation Statement:
This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and AAACN.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AAACN is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 5366.


  • Describe the rationale for creating a new evidence-informed policy on intramuscular (IM) injections. (Hansen)
  • Outline the steps used to educate nurses to follow the new evidence-informed policy. (Hansen)
  • Describe the reactions from nurses and patients related to the use of the VG site for IM injections. (Hansen)
  • Identify four principles of infection prevention that stop transmission of micro-organisms. (Holper & Ward-Newkirk)
  • Define clean, sterile, and aseptic technique. (Holper & Ward-Newkirk)
  • Identify breaks in sterile technique and how to address these breaks. (Holper & Ward-Newkirk)


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