COVID vaccine given way too low in the arm

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Tommy5677

Tommy5677

106 Posts

There's really no excuse for this. As far as I know IM injections in the arm are always given in the deltoid and there is a very simple method for demarcation that you can find on Youtube. If a nurse gives the shot too low they should be disciplined. 
This is another reason I will not let a pharmacist give me a vaccine. 

AmandaBeaverhausen

AmandaBeaverhausen

Specializes in CMA, CNA. 21 Posts

I'm an MA in nursing school and we did vaccinations at the biggest vaccination site in the city recently. While I was nervous, they made us practice and practice often, and would not be allowed to go work the site without a nurse educator approving our injections on the mannequin.

I'm shocked someone did it that low. I would be terrified of hitting a nerve or something outside the muscle. I did read an article a whike back on this, but it was indicating more shots accidentally done subq than IM. Don't pinch! 

Horseshoe

Horseshoe, BSN, RN

5,879 Posts

On 3/29/2021 at 9:12 AM, Tommy5677 said:

There's really no excuse for this. As far as I know IM injections in the arm are always given in the deltoid and there is a very simple method for demarcation that you can find on Youtube. If a nurse gives the shot too low they should be disciplined. 
This is another reason I will not let a pharmacist give me a vaccine. 

Wouldn't "re-educated" be a better tactic? Everything is so punitive these days.