What are the advantages of the different types of injection?
4 main types of injection exist: intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), intradermal (ID) and subcutaneous (SC). Each method has a number of advantages that will help the healthcare professional choose which to administer based on the situation. YuBoost has chosen the intravenous and intramuscular injection methods to administer vitamins, minerals (zinc, magnesium) and glutathione (natural antioxidant) to patients with a deficient dietary intake. They’re carried out by our team of qualified nurses, specialized in home care and in giving vitamin injections.
The advantages of intravenous injections
- Very rapid, effective absorption
- Directly into the bloodstream
- Indications: medication, vitamins
- Easy to administer
When rapid results are required, intravenous (IV) injections are the natural choice, as the product can be administered directly into the patient’s bloodstream, without travelling through the digestive barrier, a process that, in such a case, would take several hours and, above all, would only enable 30-60% assimilation, which is relatively low. IV injections ensure almost instant absorption of 100% of the substance. Moreover, some medication may be harmful to the body if injected intramuscularly or subcutaneously, and may cause pain, oedema or necrosis. As such, intravenous injections are also favoured.
Here, at YuBoost, IV injections are our method of choice for our patients with vitamin deficiency or who would just like to obtain a great dose of highly-effective nutrients that will ensure their body’s good health. IV injections are easy to administer, in a peripheral vein of the forearm, crease of the elbow or back of the hand. The act can be carried out in your own home, in your workplace or in your hotel room, and will ensure you feel a booster effect a few hours later. Making an appointment is ever-so easy: you just need to book online.
The advantages of intramuscular injections
- Rapid, effective assimilation
- Highly-vascularized muscle tissue
- Indications: vaccines, vitamins, analgesics
Intramuscular (IM) injections are also recommended as they ensure rapid absorption as they’re given in highly-vascularized muscle tissue. As such, the substance is quickly assimilated by the bloodstream. IM injections are suitable for administering vaccines, vitamins as well as analgesics. This method of administration is also used for injecting oily solutions. Here, at YuBoost, we propose this technique to patients who don’t wish to have an intravascular injection (lack of time, don’t want extra hydration, are afraid of intravenous injections), and we use it for our extra Boosts, for our patients who wish to stimulate their health with an extra bit of get-up-and-go.
The advantages of intradermal injections
- Allergy testing
- Intradermal reaction: detecting tuberculosis
- Very small amount of product
- Easy to administer
Intradermal (ID) injections are recommended for allergy testing as well as for screening for specific diseases such as tuberculosis. The highly-concentrated substance administered may cause significant reactions in the patient. This is why it’s injected in very small amounts in an area where the skin has little pigmentation (inside of the forearm or the outside of the arm), which enables the healthcare professional to detect any skin reaction rapidly.
The advantages of subcutaneous injections
- Slow absorption
- Painkillers, vaccines, insulin
- Small amount of product
Subcutaneous (SC) injections are perfect when slow absorption of the product is required; they’re also used to administer a small amount of a substance. As subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is less vascularized than muscle tissue, absorption is slower. This is the method of choice for administering painkillers, vaccines and insulin. It can, in some cases, be carried out by the patient themselves, as is the case for some diabetic patients. Moreover, this administration method is generally painless.