FAQ - Risk Management

Under what circumstances is it legally acceptable for a medical assistant to give injections? 


There is no clear answer to the question of whether Illinois law permits non-licensed personnel such as medical assistants to administer injections under the supervision of a physician. It is the ISMIE legal counsel's opinion that Illinois law can be interpreted to permit such activities, except in the nursing home setting where the law clearly does not so permit.

Thus, if you, the physician, prescribe an injection, the actual administration of that injection may be performed by allied personnel under your direction, supervision and control. This is acceptable only as long as the staff is properly trained and it is in the job description of the person administering the injection to perform this duty.