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August 2017
Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC's) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
Check out a recent issue of Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers. The VEC e-newsletter keeps providers up to date on vaccine-related issues and includes reviews of recently published journal articles, media recaps, announcements about new resources, and a regularly updated calendar of events.
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
Standing Orders Protocols Can Improve Your Vaccination Rates
Published August 2017
Standing orders for vaccine administration are written protocols approved by a physician or other authorized practitioner that allow qualified healthcare professionals (who are eligible to do so under state law, such as RNs or pharmacists) to assess the need for and administer vaccine to patients. The qualified healthcare professionals also must be eligible by state law to administer certain medications, such as epinephrine, under standing orders (should a medical emergency occur and a clinician not be available).

Having standing orders in place streamlines your practice workflow by eliminating the need to obtain an individual clinician’s order to vaccinate each patient. The use of standing orders is recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and by the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

Standing orders protocols will:

  • Facilitate efficient assessment for and administration of vaccines in your practice Improve vaccination rates in your patients
     
  • Protect more of your patients from vaccine-preventable diseases
     
  • Empower nurses and/or other eligible staff to provide a valuable and potentially life-saving preventive service to patients
     
  • Decrease opportunities for disease transmission, such as influenza, in your healthcare setting

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has many free downloadable materials available on its website, including standing orders templates for vaccination and for how to medically manage vaccine reactions. These resources can help you implement standing orders in your office.

Resources from IAC

There are many IAC resources available on the immunize.org website:

2017 ISSUES >> view all issues
SEPTEMBER 2017
It's Time for Annual Flu Shots — Make Sure Your Patients and Staff Are Vaccinated
AUGUST 2017
Standing Orders Protocols Can Improve Your Vaccination Rates
JULY 2017
Routine Schedules for MenACWY and MenB Vaccines – Make Sure You’re Giving Them on Time
JUNE 2017
"General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization" – Everything CDC Wants You to Know about the Practical Aspects of Vaccination
MAY 2017
ACIP Has Updated Its Recommendations on the Use of Tdap Vaccine in Pregnant Women and Children
APRIL 2017
Make Sure You Are Using VISs in Accordance with Federal Law
MARCH 2017
ACIP Now Recommends Hepatitis B Vaccine within 24 Hours of Birth
FEBRUARY 2017
New “16-year-old Vaccination Platform” Highlighted in 2017 U.S. Child/Teen Immunization Schedule
JANUARY 2017
Updated ACIP Recommendations on HPV Vaccine
 
This page was updated on September 11, 2017.
 
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