Injection Gone Wrong - Part 1 - page 2

Susan stepped up to the next available person and handed her the flu shot questionnaire filled out and signed. The tiny room was full of activity. There were piles of syringes and alcohol pads next... Read More

  1. by   Dafabb
    I gave flu shots several yrs during flu season and never had anything other than maybe a sore arm which i never knew about. The one thing I see is they use to long of a needle. I like the 5/8 in for normal to small arms and the 1 inch for somewhat larger. Only on an obese person would i use the 1 1/2 in which i can't said I ever did.... I did a clinic one yr where the 1st day we had 1200+ peaple and there was 5 of us giving shots. We never had an incident come back on us. We did this for 3 months every day.....
  2. by   RuralNurseRN
    I agree with Armygirl17. I supervise a staff of MAs in a primary care clinic that serves mainly a geriatric population. We discuss injection placement very often because of this risk.
  3. by   Code_VSA
    I've never had a flu shot. Never had the flu. Now that I'm in forced retirement from spinal surgery from 40 years of wear and tear from Nursing, I'm glad my watch is over. God Bless all of you.
  4. by   Kooky Korky
    This is a good reason to not get the blasted flu shot. They are barely effective anyway.

    I know that very few people here share this view. I am not interested in debating it. Just saying my view.

    Wow, talk about HIPAA violation.
  5. by   Brenda F. Johnson
    Quote from lintay
    Thank you so much for this article. September of 2015 I received my annual flu shot. It too was administered too high and as soon as the needle entered my arm jerked and I had this immense pain shooting down the arm. I compare this pain to the pain I had with shingles. But the pain never went away. I can't lift that arm more than 45 degrees to the side, have pain when lying on that side and am unable to do many everyday activities. When I went to the doctor to see what was going on I was told that this couldn't have resulted from the flu shot and I must have injured it someway else. I was told this by 4 separate doctors. When the problem did not get any better they finally ordered an x-ray and ultrasound. This showed moderate left rotator cuff tendinopathy most marked at subscapularis tendon where there are at least three tears including a large full-thickness tear of the anterior fibers.
    Knowing that I am not the only one this has happened to has helped me immensely. Thank you
    Wow, isn't it sad that this is happening? Wait til part two, she has gone through hell. I am so sorry for your shoulder. Did you have to have surgery?
  6. by   audreysmagic
    Quote from amoLucia
    Hey Mods, please hurry up with Part 2. This inquiring mind wants to know ...
    Same, I need to know what happened! And this is always my fear with some flu clinics, who will be giving the vaccine and if they're properly trained with deltoid injections.
  7. by   audreysmagic
    Quote from klone
    Sounds more like it hit a nerve than the bone.

    In my experience, most nurses give the deltoid way too low. It should be only 1-2 inches below the acromium (I do 2 finger widths).
    Yeah, I see this so much - I always advise students when I have them on my floor and a deltoid IM comes up to use the finger width trick.
  8. by   Amethya
    I usually give 3-4 fingers instead of 2.

    I had this happen once to me, but it wasn't as bad. It was a office where a lot of alumni classmates work at so I know everyone, they had this MA who was from another school and new, and she did it high and it hurt! I told the nurse manager who was my teacher before and she said thank you for letting her know.
  9. by   EKUGRAD
    PLEASE !! Part 2 and any more. We nurses are not used to waiting (Har-de-har-har).
  10. by   Stepney
    I am not sure why there's conversation about the flu shot. Any injection, administered incorrectly can cause a number of problems. That should be the take away point. Unless of course part II is going to add something very different.
  11. by   Orca
    I once had a patient in the hospital who wound up having a leg amputated due to a botched injection. This is very uncommon, but it does happen.

    And no, I didn't give the injection. The leg was already gone when I got there.
  12. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Quote from Stepney
    I am not sure why there's conversation about the flu shot. Any injection, administered incorrectly can cause a number of problems. That should be the take away point. Unless of course part II is going to add something very different.
    Probably because the flu shot is required by most healthcare employers and increased frequency means increased risk. And the story is about an actual experience with the flu shot.
  13. by   audreysmagic
    Quote from Stepney
    I am not sure why there's conversation about the flu shot. Any injection, administered incorrectly can cause a number of problems. That should be the take away point. Unless of course part II is going to add something very different.
    From the title "Injection Gone Wrong," I inferred the article itself is about the incorrect administration and the consequences of it. It just happened to be a flu shot. But I do find that anyone who chooses to not get the flu shot usually has opinions on it they share in any related article - and not just in the medical field...it's just that the medical personnel opinions are usually slightly more informed than the general public (though not always).

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