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IM Injection, Hitting Bone?

  1. 0 So I was giving my mother an IM injection for the Flu Vaccine at the hospital, I did the injection and went the whole needle inside and felt that I hit a bone or something. I did aspirate and received no blood return and went ahead and inject the medication. The injection was a little high up, not where I received mine.

    Is hitting the bone bad or something... will it cause any negative effects. I asked her if there was pain afterwards and she said not really.

    Um...
    Last edit by etep1209 on Nov 1, '08
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  3. Visit  pagandeva2000 profile page
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    It's happened to me on occasion. Nothing happened. What I have done since having it happen a few times is to really look at the arm and decide whether or not to administer the IM with a 25 gauge needle instead of a 22 or 23. I've had some really emaciated patients that can only handle a 25 gauge IM.
  4. Visit  BEDPAN76 profile page
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    FYI, gauge is the diameter of the needle. Length is measured in inches. Most IM needles are 1" to 1 1/2 " for adults. Flu shots are usually given with 1 inch since they are given in deltoid... If you do hit the bone, just pull back a tad.
    StayLost, MomRN0913, Ginger80, and 5 others like this.
  5. Visit  litbitblack profile page
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    have done it before. Pt didn't really react. I did pull back a little. If I am in a situation where all I have is a long needle or a really skinny person I don't put the needle all the way in just enough to make sure I am in the muscle
  6. Visit  CHATSDALE profile page
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    if there is limited underlying adipose tissue pull up a pinch..flu vaccines are usually given sub q
    hitting the bone can cause some site pain
    fiveofpeep likes this.
  7. Visit  Straydandelion profile page
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    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/dosage.htm

    The intramuscular route is recommended for TIV. Adults and older children should be vaccinated in the deltoid muscle. A needle length of 1 inch or greater (>25 mm) should be considered for persons in these age groups because needles of <1 inch might be of insufficient length to penetrate muscle tissue in certain adults and older children. When injecting into the deltoid muscle among children with adequate deltoid muscle mass, a needle length of 7/8--1.25 inches is recommended.
    Infants and young children should be vaccinated in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. A needle length of 7/8--1 inch should be used for children aged <12 months.
    I have a couple of times hit bone lightly and as posted above, just pull back but these are recommended sizes of needles.
  8. Visit  cherrybreeze profile page
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    Quote from CHATSDALE
    if there is limited underlying adipose tissue pull up a pinch..flu vaccines are usually given sub q
    hitting the bone can cause some site pain

    Flu vaccines aren't given subq....or am I missing something? I've never known of a vaccine that wasn't IM.
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  9. Visit  alkaleidi profile page
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    I also have never given a flu shot subq. Always IM. At the health dept we use 1" 25G needles... pinch up for smaller people, smooth out for bigger people. Like someone else said, if you stop abruptly at the bone, pull back a tad and inject.

    I personally think people miscalculate needle size too small most of the time. At a pediatrician's office I worked at, we rarely used anything less than 1" for IM immunizations. And giving usually 50+ shots a day, never hit bone in a kid. I think it was 5/8" only if the kids were <6mos? Something like that... only the teeny ones. And even some of them weren't at all teeny! I just wish the hospital had more long, skinny needles... like a 25g 1 1/2" for IM's... can't have it all I guess.
    StayLost likes this.
  10. Visit  tnrose profile page
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    I've never given a flu shot subQ, am I missing something?
    StayLost likes this.
  11. Visit  november17 profile page
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    The first time I ever gave an IM shot, I went for someone's deltoid and hit the bone. I think it was more jarring for me, because the patient didn't even blink.
  12. Visit  Dolce profile page
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    I did it once on a skinny teenager. She didn't even flinch. I was a new grad and was absolutely horrified. I tugged a little to retrieve the needle from the bone and then aspirated and gave the injection. She was completely unfazed and didn't notice anything. I, on the other hand, have been extremely careful about giving scrawny folks injections after that. Be sure that your needle length is appropriate for the size of the person you are injecting.
  13. Visit  Satori77 profile page
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    I have personally had it happen to me. Got a shot once in the hip/butt area, and it hit bone (yes, I am pretty skinny!). And it did hurt. Little soreness afterward, but not much more than any other shot.
  14. Visit  BinkieRN profile page
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    Quote from pagandeva2000
    It's happened to me on occasion. Nothing happened. What I have done since having it happen a few times is to really look at the arm and decide whether or not to administer the IM with a 25 gauge needle instead of a 22 or 23. I've had some really emaciated patients that can only handle a 25 gauge IM.
    Gauge does not equal length. I typically use a 1" needle for an IM injection in the arm. Little or elderly people a 5/8".
    Dolce likes this.

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