Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
On-line version ISSN 1980-220X
GODOY, Simone de; NOGUEIRA, Maria Suely and MENDES, Isabel Amélia Costa. Intramuscular medication application: analysis of knowledge among nursing professionals. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2004, vol.38, n.2, pp.135-142. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342004000200003.
Using a questionnaire with open and closed questions, this study aimed to: verify among nursing professionals which are the most used regions for intramuscular medication application; identify the method they use for delimiting the puncture regions and site; identify their knowledge of complications and contraindications of using the regions and verifying the use of the ventrogluteal region. Thirty-two professionals participated in the study, which used the dorsogluteal (65.62%) and deltoid (31.25%) regions. The need for updating these professionals was disclosed, especially regarding to anatomy, the adequate terminology used for designating the regions and the knowledge of complications and contraindications. Investments in training these professionals are essential for using the ventrogluteal region.
Keywords : Injections, intramuscular; Nursing staff.