Hey everyone! I currently use 18G 1.5” to draw and 22G 1.5” to administer. I do my injections in my quads and looking to purchase some new hardware. Couple of questions I have tried to search on here but wanted to ask you all.
Is a 1” 23G needle ok to use for quad injections IM? Not sure if 1” is long enough for quad IM injections. I have used 1” 22G before and I think I’m hitting the muscle as I get that feeling in my quad as the needle passes through and of course I aspirate every time before I inject with no problems. But normally, I use a 1.5” and that definitely hits the muscle deep.
Can I use that size needle to draw the medication out as well or should I get something different in size? I have read that with an 18G needle to draw, you could damage the rubber seal and on the bigger 10ml bottles, you could put pieces of that rubber seal into the vial. That’s why I’m thinking of getting a big box of 23G needles is so I can have just 1 type do it all for me. I do plan to swap needle out and not use the same one to draw and administer. Fresh sharp tip always!
Thank you for your help!