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Why aspirate when giving injections

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I work in a Drs office and some coworkers think there is no need to aspirate when giving injections
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.

Hello Katherine

Yes, there is a good reason.

This is done so you will know if you hit a vein. If your needle enters a vein and you instill the medication, it will be given IV rather than IM or sub-cutaneously. It could be dangerous to the patient, or cause the medicine to be ineffective.

Hope that helps!