Subcutaneous injection into the deltoid area

An adult is having a subcutaneous injection in the deltoid. The person giving the injection is holding the person’s shoulder with their left hand, and inserting the needle upwards into the deltoid, at a 45 degree angle to the arm.

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Last updated: 
12 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
12 June 2018