What should the nurse do after administering an I.M. injection?
A. Recap the needle and discard it in any medical waste container. B. Recap the needle and discard it in a puncture-proof container. C. Discard the uncapped needle in a puncture-proof container. D. Break the needle and discard the needle and syringe in any medical waste container.
The answer to this question is A. After administering an I.M. injection, the nurse should recap the needle and dispose of it in a medical waste container, but there are a few things to note when discarding used needles which should not be overlooked.
It is actually very dangerous to recap a used needle. This can often lead to a higher risk of poking yourself with the needle when trying to put the cap back on. When capping a needle you should use one hand to avoid needle sticks and discard it into a Sharps container which is specifically for needles and other sharp instruments.
Discard the uncapped needle in a puncture-proof container.-rationale: the appropriate procedure is to discard uncapped needles in a puncture-proof, leak-proof container. to reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks, the nurse should never recap a needle. she should never place a used needle in a garbage can or in a medical waste container that isnt puncture-proof and leak-proof. she should never break or bend a needle before discarding it. doing so increases the risk of a needle stick.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: applicationreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 841.