This course will prepare midwives to confidently add vaccine administration to their practice repertoire. This course covers the following for each of the immunogenic agents authorized for use by midwives
- Mechanism of pharmacological action;
- Therapeutic effects;
- Side effects/adverse reactions;
- Incompatibilities/drug interactions; and
- Administration including:
- Product form and packaging;
- Onset of action;
- Peak effect;
- Duration of action/half-life Storage, transport and security; and
Midwives will learn how to
- identify and respond appropriately to adverse reactions, including prevention, preparation, emergency management, documentation, and reporting protocols.
- explain placental transfer of medication to the fetus and impact of immunogenic agents on fetal antibody formation.
- describe and utilize best practice for drug administration including, location, injection practices, history taking and documentation, and follow all federal requirements for vaccine administration, storage, and handling.
- Apply appropriate client counseling and informed consent practices.
This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits