What are 3 sites for subcutaneous injections?

What are 3 sites for subcutaneous injections?

Subcutaneous tissue is all over your body, but the most common areas for subcutaneous injections are:

  • the upper outer area of the arm.
  • the front and outer sides of the thighs.
  • the abdomen, except for a 2 inch area around the navel.
  • the upper outer area of the buttocks.
  • the upper hip.

Can you give heparin SQ in the arm?

According to this experience, subcutaneous application of heparin into the upper arms is to be recommended in patients who undergo lymphatic surgery of the lower part of the body.

Why is the abdomen the best site for heparin injection?

It is important to rotate heparin sites to avoid bruising in one location. To minimize bruising and pain associated with heparin injections, they can be given in the abdominal area, at least 5 cm away from the belly button.

Why is heparin given in abdomen?

6, 7, 8 The abdominal area is suggested to be used primarily for subcutaneous heparin administration. 9, 10 Depending on the assumption that there is more subcutaneous fatty tissue and less muscle activity in the abdominal area, it is stated that the risk of ecchymosis and hematoma is lower in this area.

Do you have to pinch skin for subcutaneous injection?

PHE (2013) recommends that subcutaneous vaccinations are given with the needle at a 45-degree angle to the skin and the skin should be pinched together (PHE, 2013).

How deep should a subcutaneous injection be?

You may give an injection within the following area: below the waist to just above the hip bone and from the side to about 2 inches from the belly button. Avoid the belly button.

How much heparin can you give subcutaneously?

5,000 units subcutaneously every 8-12 hours, for 7-10 days or until the patient is fully ambulant. No laboratory monitoring should be necessary during low dose heparin prophylaxis.

What are the side effects of heparin injections?


  • Blood under the skin (blood blister) at the place of injection.
  • chills or fever.
  • fast or irregular breathing.
  • irritation, pain, redness, or ulcers at the place of injection.
  • itching and burning feeling, especially on the bottom of the feet.
  • nausea or vomiting.
  • numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

How long does subcutaneous heparin stay in your system?

Although the metabolism of heparin is complex, it may, for the purpose of choosing a protamine dose, be assumed to have a half-life of about 1/2 hour after intravenous injection.

Do you massage after heparin injection?

Do not massage the site. Massage is not necessary and can damage underlying tissue. Massaging after a heparin injection can contribute to the formation of a hematoma.