Administering flu/pneumonia vaccines
- 0On my floor, I've only administered a handful of flu or pneumonia vaccines. I know pneumonia is IM, I think flu is too.. however, when I was at the MD yesterday to receive my flu shot, I received it in my left arm with a #25 gauge needle... isn't that SC(?) .. while my blood was drawn with a #21 .
I personally hate IMs.. ! For example, Haldol. Let's find our most AGITATED patient, and give em' the most painful shot we can find. At least that's how it feels to me.
Curious from you guys - what gauge to you use on what person for flu/pneu vaccines? I've heard people tell me that inject in arms, legs, and use a variety, depending on size of people (we're talking general adult population, not peds). But my understanding is that they're both IM, yes?Last edit by Dempather on Jan 5, '08
- 0Jan 5, '08 by LaeDeesNPI work at a health clinic and have been administering the flu and pneumonia vaccines for months now...(I can't even tell you how many flu shots I've given...I'll be glad when flu season is over!) It's not "wrong" to administer an IM shot in the arm with a 25 gauge needle. You're correct when you say it depends a lot on the size of the patient. We use tuberculin syringes (which are 25 gauge 5/8") for a lot of our immunizations and they're sufficient for most adults when given in the arm and most pediatrics when given in the leg.
- 0Jan 5, '08 by KYCNMBoth injections should be given intramuscularly. Choice of the needle depends upon the patient. I don't have the reference here at home, but a student of mine did an evidence based practice review of needle length required for intramuscular injections and found a number of research articles indicating that we should be using BMI (body mass index) to help determine the length of needles used for IM especially with our obese and morbidly obese patients. Many medications (for example, vistaril) are painful, but even more so if the medication leaks back up through the needle track to the SQ tissues. I will see if I can find the resource on Monday.
On another note, there was an article on Medscape about young women fainting after receiving the Gardasil shot because it was so painful.
- 0Jan 5, '08 by Simba&NalasMomWell most of my experience is in long-term care where IV isn't really an option, but people still get nasty URIs. Docs will commonly order Rocephin IM and you mix it with Lidocaine. I had a Rochephin shot myself once which was given by the doc, and he used the vastus lateralis; worst dang charlie horse I've ever had! :angryfire
How is it given IV? Do they have to have a PICC or other central line or have you given it peripherally?
- 0Jan 5, '08 by Chloe'sinNYNowQuote from KYCNMIf the flu vaccine is a dead dead/inactivated (is that the right word?) virus, then why does it hurt when it is injected?On another note, there was an article on Medscape about young women fainting after receiving the Gardasil shot because it was so painful.
ChloeLast edit by Chloe'sinNYNow on Jan 5, '08