I am a 1st semester ADN student. We were told that we should aspirate when giving IM injections, using the Z track method, wait 10 seconds after med is in before removing needle. That is the method we were taught.
We were giving flu vax today in clinicals today. We were at a LTC facility, and another clinical group from my school was there as well. They were talking amongst themselves, and I overheard them saying that they were told that they do not have to aspirate when doing an IM injection. I did not catch the reasoning they gave for not doing it, but I found it odd that they are in the same school as us and are being taught different techniques. Now I know that there are more than one way of doing things, but usually in school they are so strict about these things.
What were you taught? Do you aspirate for blood when giving an IM injection?