With the increase in coronavirus conspiracy theories, much of the public has refused vaccine administration. Healthcare professionals, such as nurses, students, and phlebotomy technicians, play a vital role in changing the public’s perspective and ensuring their safety and health.
There are many benefits of learning how to administer vaccines, but first, let’s take a look at the process of vaccine administration:
What You Will Need
Intramuscular vaccinations have been a part of our lives since we were born. However, not many of us know the ins and outs of administering a vaccine. Here’s a list of things needed to administer vaccines:
- A Sharps Container
- Disposable Gloves
- Cotton Swabs
- Syringe and needle [16-38mm width, 22-25 gauge]
Before administering a vaccine, a healthcare professional or phlebotomy technician should check the patient for any infections or fever. In addition to this, they should also review the patient’s records to seek information on allergies.
If the patient has a bleeding or bruising disorder, this will also help determine the appropriate gauge of the needle required. Doctors and nurses also check the patient’s immunodeficiency or surgery requirements to ensure their vaccination process is safe.
It’s also beneficial for patients as well as medical students of professionals to brief the patient on any benefits, efficiency, or side effects of the vaccination. Briefing the patient will help put their mind at ease and make the process smoother.
Steps of Vaccine Administration
Administering a vaccine can be a short process; however, medical students must still follow the SOPs. Here’s how the procedure goes:
- Disinfecting the hands
- Check the vaccine’s shelf life, dosage, and route of administration
- It’s advisable to administer vaccines in patients’ non-dominant arms
- Palpate the most muscular part of the deltoid muscle and disinfect the area
- Put gloves on and remove any air bubbles before administering the injection
- Hold the muscle and inject the vaccination at a 90-degree angle and dispose of the injection in the sharps container
How is Learning This Skill Beneficial for Students and Technicians?
Learning this skill has now become a necessity rather than an option. Here are the benefits of learning vaccine administration for students and phlebotomy technicians:
- It will enable you to stand out amongst other applicants
- You will help the public by administering necessary vaccines
- You will learn how to properly prepare, store, handle, or transport vaccinations
- Technicians, nurses, and students can volunteer in vaccination centers to provide support to the healthcare team
- Receive hands-on training sessions and gain insight into vaccinations
Have More Questions?
NAPTP has been helping students, nurses, and phlebotomy technicians across the country for several years. Contact us now for further information.