Course highlights

  • SHS uses the Z-track method of intramuscular injection to administer a drug in a large muscle to prevent tracking (or leakage) of the medication into the subcutaneous tissue (underneath the skin).
  • The ventrogluteal muscle is usually selected as the site of IM injection.
  • The Z-track IM injection method may also be less painful than a traditional IM injection
  • IV Iron is not administered by personnel of Stoney Health Services.
  • Injectable iron (Dextran) shall only be administered intramuscularly using the Z- Track procedure.
  • Clinical Alerts: The following symptoms (in alphabetical order) are considered very serious allergic reactions should be treated as medical emergencies:
  • abdominal pain
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • fast/slow/irregular heartbeat
  • itching and/or swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • rash
  • seizures
  • severe dizziness
  • severe headache
  • trouble breathing