|Morphine injectors come in a variety of sizes
Shown here are auto injectors containing 20 mg of morphine sulfate in 1
ml of water.
Morphine is a narcotic used to relieve severe pain. It blocks much of
the pain but also has a calming effect. It should not be used for minor
While morphine is a powerful pain reliever, it can depress
respirations. This isn't a problem for those in severe pain, as the pain
itself blocks the respiratory depression effect of the morphine. For those
in lesser amounts of pain, respiratory rate should be monitored
- If possible, cleanse the skin of the injection site (upper outside
thigh, upper outer quadrant of the buttock) with alcohol. If alcohol
is not available, use any available cleaning agent (water is
- Remove the red safety plug from the injector.
- Place the yellow end of the injector against the skin of the
- Depress the black firing plunger.
- This action causes a release of gas within the injector that drives
the hypodermic needle through the yellow protective cap and about an
inch into the muscle. It also pushes 1 ml of fluid, containing 20 mg
of morphine, through the needle and into the muscle tissue.
Make a note on the field medical triage card (DD 1380) of the time the
injection was given.
Victims treated with morphine will usually demonstrate
It can be repeated every 4 hours as needed for control of pain. Repeat
dosing should be done only with great caution (if at all) if the
respiratory rate is less than 10 breaths per minute).
Additional information on Morphine
Remove the Red Safety Plug
Hold the yellow end against
the thigh. Depress the black
plunger to fire the injector.