Many dangers come when an injection is unsafely or improperly administered. Dangers range from minor infection, necrotizing fasciitis (soft tissue infection), to cellulitis. It is even possible that the medication, being improperly administered, will not work to the degree that it should. Some of these I have experienced myself including minor infection, cellulitis, and the medication dosage being incorrect.
Most everyone knows that even a scrape or scratch can cause a minor infection. An injection is technically damage to the skin, it breaks the seal to the inside of your body. If a medical professional ever tries to give you a shot without first cleaning the site, say something. A minor infection may seem like just that, minor, but there are worse things that can happen such as a more serious infection called necrotizing fasciitis.
Necrotizing fasciitis, or necrotizing soft tissue infection can lead to sepsis and even death. This infection can also be known as the more recognizable Flesh Eating Bacteria. Even if it is caught in time, it can lead to disfigurement. Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection that actually kills your skin, soft tissue, and muscle. It spreads very quickly, the lesions and discoloration spread quickly by the hour. Symptoms include fever, nausea, dizziness, sweting, chills, and eventually shock.
Another rather unpleasant side effect is not getting the right amount of medication. When I was in the hospital, they were suppose to inject the pain medication into my vein and they missed. Not only did my entire hand swell from being filled with the liquid, it was painful and the medication didn’t work to the specifications for which it was designed. The worst part was that “they had already given me medication for pain” so I had to wait for my next dose in order to be put out of my misery.
In conclusion, injections given improperly can be both marginally annoying and very dangerous. Always make sure your medical professional cleans your injection site prior to giving you the shot, and make sure it gets covered afterward. When a medication is given in your vein, if it burns or feels strange, let them know. This may seem like an obvious complaint, but your medical professional may actually listen and correct their mistake if one has been made. You may not want to be annoying, but I think your health is worth it.