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Compared to nurses, dentists can administer COVID-19 vaccines with similar safety outcomes, leading to comparable complication rates, according to a recent study.
The researchers conducted an observational cohort analysis of 537 patients who received their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All injections were given as intramuscular injections in the upper arm and were administered either by nurses (n=84) or dentists (n=41) at a designated study site.
The outcome of interest was the safety of administration, measured by complications associated with injection technique, including numbness of the hand or arm at the time of injection, associated shoulder injury , prolonged numbness or vasovagal reflexes.
The overall incidence rate of complications was 2.4% in the group of dentists, compared to 8.3% in the group of nurses. The difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.3).
Only one patient in the dental group developed an injection-related complication, described as numbness in the hand or arm. Four patients in the nursing group experienced this side effect. Additionally, two other patients in the nursing group had vasovagal reflexes, while one developed a vaccination-related shoulder injury.
Pain at the time of injection, measured by a numerical rating scale, was also comparable between the nurse and dentist groups (3.2 vs 2.9; p = 0.5).
“Limitations of the present study include its observational, single-center, non-randomized study design and small sample size. Therefore, a prospective, randomized, large-scale, multi-center study is needed to validate the results of this study. study,” the researchers said.