IM site bleeding - page 2

Is some bleeding from an IM flu shot injection site normal, upon needle withdrawal? (when there was no blood upon aspiration) Could it be caused by injection angle, or by not withdrawing the needle... Read More

  1. by   Almabella
    Quote from CyndieRN2007
    I have never aspirated blood, but I always aspirate.

    Sue, what was the rationale behind not aspirating? Im genuinely curious.
    I read somewhere that, at least for peds pts, NOT aspirating makes the injection less painful. I wish I could tell you the source but I completely forget.

    I aspirated blood with one of the very first injections I gave as a nurse -- a flu shot. So, from that experience, I always aspirate just to err on the side of caution.

    Oh, and I think bleeding at the site after withdrawing the needle is most likely just capillary bleeding.