Category: Hypoglycemia

Choosing IM Needle Length

Answer:


Selecting the proper needle length for IM injections will vary depending on factors such as age, gender, weight and anatomical location. Given the glucagon needle is 5/8 in in length, it may not be appropriate to use in all patient care situations. Here are some guiding numbers to assist with your decision given the some of the factors mentioned:

Neonates
• anterolateral thigh - 5/8 in

Infants
• anterolateral thigh - 1 in

1-10 y/o
• anterolateral thigh - 1-1¼ in
• deltoid - 5/8 to 1 in

11-18 y/o
• anterolateral thigh - 1-1½ in
• deltoid - 5/8 to 1 in

Adults 90kg and Men > 118kg
• 1½ in

We invite you to contact your service for more information or training regarding IM equipment and/or glucagon.

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