Improper Military Jet Injector Vaccinations – Part 2

Jet Injectors = Jet Infectors

May 21, 2016

The Armed Forces gave a scrupulous description on how to administer vaccinations via jet injectors. In this 1970 Army Medical Department’s Handbook of Basic Nursing, the vaccinator is given rudimentary instructions with photos, as shown below. [Note: refer to pages 395-398 in the following link above on jet injection]

The vaccinator must support the patient’s arm while the vaccination is given. The flesh must be pulled tightly.

Pull flesh tight

(Army Medical Department Handbook of Basic Nursing, 1970)

However, no matter the branch or year of service corpsmen frequently failed to administer the vaccinations properly. These photographs capture corpsmen failing to pull patients’ skin tightly so that the injection would be properly received.

1968 Fort Dix Company D-3
(Army, Fort Dix, 1968, Company D-3)

1969 Fort Knox

(Army Fort Knox, 1969)

1975 RTC Orlando Navy inoculation

(Navy RTC Orlando, 1975)

1970 MCRD San Diego

(Marine Corps. Recruit Depot San Diego, 1970)

1968 Fort Knox

(Army Fort Knox, 1968)

1975 RTC Orlando Navy inoculation 2

(Navy RTC Orlando, 1975)

US Coast Guard
(Coast Guard)

The Army Medical Department’s 1970 Handbook of Basic Nursing stated, “Improper injection technique will injure the recipient’s skin.”

Improper Military Jet Injector Vaccinations – Part 3

Reference:

  • (Army Medical Department Handbook of Basic Nursing, 1970) Army Medical Department Handbook of Basic Nursing. Jet Hypodermic Injection Apparatus, Automatic. Department of the Army. November 1970. pp. 395-398.

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