With more Americans becoming overweight you've seen larger airline seats and wheelchairs. Now doctors say it means larger needles as well.
Nursing school students Rebecca Infantino and Ashlie Teixeira have watched videos, but they say there were other steps they took to learn how to give a shot properly.
Rebecca Infantino says ": My first injections was on an orange with normal saline regular salt water."
" Its just getting the right technique the right timing all that down was the hardest part for me." says Ashlie Teiexeria.
Ashlie and Rebecca have the right training, but a new study says the education they received concerning obese patients and injections is probably going to be more crucial.
The study presented at the Radiological Society of North America says a majority of obese patients are not getting the medications they need.
Researchers say an increasing amount of fat on rear ends means medicines aren't making into the system in a timely manner.
Standard size needles--23-gage 3.0 centimeters it appears aren't able to make it to the muscle on an obese patient.
that's probably not what most patients want to hear.
" If you ask the American public what kind of shot they want, they want the smallest needle and they want to get their medicine in the shortest amount of time" says Dorren Begely of the Orvis Nursing Clinic.
Begley says I-M shots don't have to been given in the rear...the arm or thigh can be used as well...but in an obese patient those sites may have a lot of fat tissue as well. The next step is longer needles. Researchers say their study showed at least three-point--one needle was needed to administer the medicine properly..while it doesn't seem like a lot--these two needles show you the difference.
Begley says while the new study is interesting...its not insurmountable. It means nurses will simple have to assess each patient--and treat them on an individual basis.