It was time for our liscense renewal class for Epi and a question came up on the test that asked the following:
When Administering EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. You Are Giving A(n)....
A) Subcutaneous Injection
B )Intravenous Injection
C) Intramuscular Injection
D) Intraosseous Infusion
naturally I chose C. A 1 to 1 1/2 inch needle is clearly an IM injection.
Now here is where the debate started, the Medic running the class said well according to the answer key it is A. I, being the inquisitive type , asked why would it be SQ when clearly you are injecting into the thigh muscle. You are not putting it just below the skin between the dermus and muscle but into the muscle itself.
I was told that because Epi is supposed to be administered SQ that the answer is SQ. Again I said EpiPen is pushed into the thigh muscle thus the correct answer is IM.
Well you get the drift by now... this went on for a good 15 minutes. Was I totally off base with my thinking or was the instructors thinking flawed and just blindly following the answer key?
side note: Yes I know Medic administered epi can be done a number of ways, I am not talking about drawing your own injection and administering, I am strictly talking about EpiPen Auto Injectors here.
edited to change a stupid smiley where B should have been
Edited by UGLyEMT, 17 June 2011 - 02:28 PM.