Injection Training for Home Care

Injection Training

Injection Training is a service Gordon Medical provides for our patients who unable to come to the office to get regular Injection treatment. GMA uses a wide variety of injectable treatments, including nutrients, antibiotic or other antimicrobials, and anti-inflammatory and other treatments specific for your care.

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    What does Injection Training involve?

    Injection trainings are done one on one with a trained Technician. Patients are instructed on sterile technique, mixing medications (when applicable), filling the syringe, locating an injection site, and administering medications by injection. The Tech will verbally instruct you on how to give yourself an injection, then ask you to repeat the process verbally.

    Once you show knowledge of all the steps, the Tech will have you demonstrate the entire process, this time injecting the medication. If you have a needle phobia, the training can help you overcome it. There will be a Practitioner on duty in the event of any possible medication reactions.

    Before you leave you will receive a handout with the general steps involved in injecting yourself. You may wish to bring a partner or friend, a notepad, a voice recorder, or a video recorder to help ensure you remember the training once you are at home. If you call ahead, you can arrange with GMA to use one of our voice recorders during your training.

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    How can Injection Training help me?

    Often it is difficult for patients to come to the office frequently enough for injection protocols as they are too ill or they live too far away. Being able to do your injections at home will allow you the convenience and comfort of your own surroundings as you are doing your treatments.

    Gordon Medical uses a wide variety of injectable treatments, including nutrients, antibiotic or other antimicrobials, and anti-inflammatory and other treatments specific for your care. Injected treatments may be more effective, due to bypassing the digestive tract, than the same medication taken orally

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    How big is the needle?

    Injection protocols can use tiny short (1/4”) needles for shallow subcutaneous injections, to longer needles for deep muscle injections. Your Practitioner will discuss with you what will be needed for the protocol suggested for you. The needle size and length is dependent on where the medication is to be injected, and the viscosity of the medication. For your comfort, GMA uses the smallest and shortest needle appropriate for your medication. If you have a fear of needles, discuss this with your Practitioner. Often the training will help you overcome it.

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    What medications can be done by home injection?

    This is a list of selected medications commonly done by injection:

    • Bicillin
    • Rocephin
    • Rerum – Oleic Acid, Chondroitin, Vitamin D3, Vitamin D2
    • Methyl B12
    • Hydroxy B12
    • Magnesium

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    Do I need a prescription for Injection Training?

    Yes, you need to meet with your Gordon Medical Practitioner and discuss the options of injections at home before you can schedule the Injection Training appointment.

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    How often will I need Injection Training?

    You need to be trained in our office every time you start a new medication for home use. This is the case even if you have already been trained to do other injections at home. Many of the medications used are prepared in different ways, may be used with different sizes of syringes or needles, and injected into different locations. Our Tech will need to ensure you are taught properly and are comfortable to administer your specific injected medications at home.

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    How do I schedule an appointment?

    Please call Gordon Medical Associates at (707) 575-5180 to schedule your Injection Training. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, with a Technician in our Santa Rosa office ONLY. It is Gordon Medical’s policy that ALL new medication must be administered the first time in our Santa Rosa office with a Practitioner on duty.

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    How much time does Injection Training require?

    Injection Training is scheduled for 60-90 minutes, depending on the medication being used, and where on the body the medication is being administered.

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    Is there anything I can/should purchase?

    There is nothing you will need to purchase for your Injection Training. However, after your training session you will need to purchase the necessary medications and home supplies. The Tech helping with your training will provide you and your Medical Assistant a list of items that will need to be ordered. Your MA will call the medications and supplies in to the pharmacy for you to pick up.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    You may want to bring a partner or friend with you to help learn the process of doing injections at home. A note pad, voice recorder, or even a video camera would be helpful to take notes and/or take a video of the training for home use. If you call ahead, you can arrange with GMA to use one of our voice recorders during your training.

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    Is a Home Injection safe?

    Yes, when you are trained and carefully follow instructions, it is safe. You are being taught to do injections with a Technician, one on one, and they will not sign off on home injections until they feel you are ready to do them. Many medications, such as insulin, have been self-administered by patients for many years. You will receive your first dose of your medication in the office, with a Practitioner on site, in the event that you have a reaction to the injection.

Our Technicians

Trina - Lab Services
Trina
Phlebotomist / Labs / Technical Services Specialist
A Jill-of-all-Trades, from phlebotomy to plumbing, Trina can take care of it. Since 2005, she’s covered shipping, the front desk, repairs, filled in for Medical Assistants, and has mastered the art of blood draws. She enjoys the variety in her work at GMA, and finds great satisfaction in being able to help our patients. Still, after all the excitement offered to her at Gordon Medical, Trina is happy to go home each night to her husband and three beautiful children. --- Trina@gordonmedical.com
Danielle - Lab Technician
Danielle
Assistant Lab Technician / Chief Allergy Technician
Danielle graduated from Empire College in June 2011 with her Associate’s Degree in Clinical/Administrative Medical Assisting. She started out with us as a Medical Assistant to a couple of our practitioners and found her true passion in hands-on patient care. She is now our Chief Allergy Technician and Assistant Lab Technician. When Danielle is not working she enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, and computer gaming. She is most easily recognized by her beautiful smile. We are pleased to have Danielle on our team! --- Danielle@gordonmedical.com