Ask the Experts: Preventing serious shoulder injuries during vaccine administration

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Experts examine cases of serious shoulder injuries resulting from incorrect technique and provide step-by-step guide to proper administration of intramuscular injection.

As reported in the latest installment of Vaccine Update in Jan/Feb 2013 JAPhA, erroneous administration of intramuscular vaccines, particularly above the deltoid muscle, can result in serious shoulder injuries and diminished vaccine efficacy.

Experts Stephan L. Foster, PharmD, FAPhA, and McLisa V. Davis, PharmD, examine cases of serious shoulder injuries as a result of incorrect technique and provide a step-by-step guide to the proper administration of intramuscular injections.

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