Supporting people with learning disabilities to receive subcutaneous injections

Kumaresan Cithambaram

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Abstract

The average life expectancy of people with learning disabilities has increased and many of these individuals will experience long-term and potentially life-limiting conditions such as diabetes mellitus, cancer or arthritis. To manage these conditions and any associated complications medicine injections may be required, and many of these will be administered via the subcutaneous route.

Learning disability nurses may sometimes need to administer subcutaneous injections as part of the care they provide and should therefore have the knowledge and skills required to undertake this procedure safely and effectively. In addition, learning disability nurses need to understand the principles of safe medicines administration, the equipment required for subcutaneous injections and the potential complications associated with the procedure.

This article outlines the best practice for administering subcutaneous injections in people with learning disabilities and explains how nurses can support these individuals before, during and after this procedure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLearning Disability Practice
Early online date29 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 29 Apr 2021

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