Best practice for deltoid intramuscular vaccinations

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Best practice for deltoid intramuscular vaccinations

By Kate Hunter
How to locate the deltoid site [Image: IMAC]

Immunisation education facilitator Kate Hunter reviews correct landmarking and injection technique when administering vaccines into the deltoid muscle

Key points, Expose the whole arm (shoulder to elbow) to locate the acromion process and deltoid tuberosity on every patient. Careful use of a longer needle will, Education Blue W/ Grey Background W/ Padding

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2. TeachMe Anatomy. Deltoid.

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