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Sterile products Parenteral Routes of Administration

SC, SQ, subq Subcutaneous An injection into the fatty subcutaneous tissue of the skin.
IM Intramuscular An injection deep into a large muscle mass, such as the butt, thighs, and upper arms.
IV Intravenous An injection directly into the blood stream.
IC Intracardiac An injection directly into the cardiac muscle of the heart for emergency situations.
Epidural An injection of medication fluid directly into the epidural space or the space between the spinal cord and vertebrae. Must be preservative free.
IT Intrathecal An injection of medication or fluid directly into the intrathecal space surrounding the spinal cord. Must be preservative free.
Intraperitoneal An injection directly into the peritoneal cavity or into an abdominal organ such as the kidney, liver, or bladder.
IA Intra-arterial An injection directly into an artery that leads to the desired organ of treatment.
Intraocular An injection directly into the eye.
Intrapleural An injection directly into the pleural cavity.
ID Intradermal An injection into the dermis or topmost layer of the skin.
Created by: Daniellesachs