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A to Z of baby immunisation

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A to Z of baby immunisation A to Z of baby immunisation

The baby immunisation clinic is not as easy as ABC. It is one of the most underrated and demanding consultations for practice nurses. It is no wonder that it is a pet hate of most practice nurses.

The below A to Z suggests practical tips to aid the smooth running of a baby immunisation clinic. It is not intended as a reference guide to the immunisation schedule.

Accountability

It is important to feel confident as an immuniser. It is a stressful consultation without the added complication of self doubt.

If you are sharing a clinic with a colleague, clarify who is responsible for what. For example, if one nurse draws up the vaccine and one administers it, who is accountable if the wrong immunisation is given?

Nationally, immunisation training varies widely. Sometimes it is inhouse; in other regions it is organised by the health authority or commissioning group. A word of hope for new practice nurses: the baby clinic gets easier as you gain more experience and familiarity with the vaccines.

Box for emergency

Have the resuscitation box in the baby clinic, and check it monthly. Use a check sheet to make it easier, including expiry dates. Familiarise yourself with the equipment, and ensure there is clear guidance for anaphylaxis doses for infants. Have the infant's airway available.

Check consent


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