Canadian Addison Society

Surgical Guidelines

This Surgical Guidelines document is published for the convenience of attending physicians.

(Members and adherents of The Canadian Addison Society who may also access this document should share it with their Physician(s) and not be personally concerned about having access to the equipment described in the document.)

Injection Kit

Injectable hydrocortisone is given intramuscularly, which means that it is injected into a large muscle. When giving yourself an injection, the easiest and best place to give it is in the thigh on the same side as your dominant hand (for example, the right thigh if you are right-handed). Adults should always carry injectable medication with them, when they travel. If you have a child with AI, you or the child’s caregiver must always carry the child’s medication. If the child is in school, the school nurse must know about your child’s condition.