In my school, we were taught to aspirate on all IM injections for blood return. Many people that I have assisted in giving multiple injections ( Well Child visits, refugees, etc ), do not aspirate. Most of the parents that bring their children in for Well Child visits are already behind 4 to 5 immunizations, and for the most part, don't want their child to be getting all those shots. So, many times it comes down to easing their fears and "hurrying up with the injections."
My clinical supervisor said that she has never aspirated on any IM injection and that we didn't have to either.
My question is to those of you out there reading this, in the real world, what do you practice? Do you make sure to aspirate, or just inject?
I would appreciate your thoughts!