An intramuscular (IM) injection is a shot of medicine given into a muscle. Intramuscular injections of stem cells can assist patients with muscular dystrophy to receive better health gains. These injections are made directly into the muscles of the affected areas. Upon admission, the doctors will examine the patient and decide how many stem cell packets should be injected locally into the affected muscles. The delivery method has also been applied to treat lower limb ischemia and diabetic foot.
- The patient is asked to take the appropriate posture to access the affected muscles easily.
- The injection site is disinfected. Stem cells are aspirated by a syringe (There are 3 parts of a syringe: the needle to go into the muscle, the barrel to hold the medicine, the plunger to get medicine into and out of the syringe).
- The nurse gently presses on and pulls the skin around the injection site so that it is slightly tight. The needle is inserted in the affected muscle and the stem cells are injected slowly.
- Once the injection completes, the injection site is pressed with dry cotton and the needle is pulled out rapidly at the same time. A piece of gauze is then placed at the injection site.