Aspiring to be a doctor and getting enrolled to a medical college is an awesome feeling. Our long awaited dreams turning out to be real, proud parents, relatives and above all imagining ourselves to be already doctors capable of prescribing medicines, giving injections, doing surgeries etc. Despite our fantasies, our life in a medical college isn’t exactly a bed of roses. First time in a dissection hall, touching a cadaver, first time in an operation theater, giving an injection for the first time, holding the stethoscope or checking the blood pressure or reflexes for the first time are all as intimidating as it is exciting. These later form our sweet memories. Here’s the story about giving a first injection.
Usually getting injected sounds a little scary though many may deny it. But giving an injection sounds fun because we get to poke somebody here. But our senior doctors do have a way to make it sound scary and make us nervous. You should inform the patient first, if you don’t, you may get sued; the position of the needle is important, the site of injection should be appropriate otherwise you may injure nearby structures and cause complications; you should make sure the patient is not fasting and ensure that the patient is not given an injection while standing because he might suffer a shock; make sure that the patient is not allergic to the drug that you are injecting, even if he isn’t keep a shot of adrenaline always loaded, so that it is handy in case of an anaphylaxis. These are some of the instructions that you get before giving your first injection which is probably just a B-complex. These are enough to make you nervous and tremble your hands. But the doctors are right, those precautions are necessary. Then there’s the patient, you inform the patient about giving an injection, they commonly ask what the drug is and why it’s given, you should be well informed to answer the patient correctly or at least satisfactorily. I remember a situation my friend faced, after giving a b-complex injection when the patient asked why it was given, she was taken aback and couldn’t answer anything appropriately. She said it was not a big deal, it’s simply a b-complex, the patient was satisfied with her answer but the supervising doctor wasn’t. He asked, ‘seriously, how can you tell a patient that a particular injection was simply given and not be a big deal? Will you let someone simply poke you? He suggested that she should’ve told it was given for nutritional purposes. Despite all this, after the first injection, we are pretty excited about giving more injections. This excitement slowly wears off and later when we think about those days it sounds ridiculous.