The nurse is preparing to administer a subcutaneous heparin injection. At what angle should the nurse insert the needle?

45 degrees


•A subcutaneous injection should be given at a 45 (if you can only grasp 1 inch of abdominal skin) or 90 degree angle (if you can grasp 2 inches).

Incorrect options:

•IM injections should be administered at a 90 degree angle using a quick motion.

•A intradermal injection should be given at a 15 degree angle.

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