The answer to this question is A. After administering an I.M. injection, the nurse should recap the needle and dispose of it in a medical waste container, but there are a few things to note when discarding used needles which should not be overlooked.
It is actually very dangerous to recap a used needle. This can often lead to a higher risk of poking yourself with the needle when trying to put the cap back on. When capping a needle you should use one hand to avoid needle sticks and discard it into a Sharps container which is specifically for needles and other sharp instruments.
Discard the uncapped needle in a puncture-proof container.-rationale: the appropriate procedure is to discard uncapped needles in a puncture-proof, leak-proof container. to reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks, the nurse should never recap a needle. she should never place a used needle in a garbage can or in a medical waste container that isnt puncture-proof and leak-proof. she should never break or bend a needle before discarding it. doing so increases the risk of a needle stick.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: applicationreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 841.