Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 314-

Missed appointment in rabies vaccination schedule: Do the medical personnel also generate the problem?


Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Correspondence Address:
Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
Thailand




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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Missed appointment in rabies vaccination schedule: Do the medical personnel also generate the problem?.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:314-314


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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Missed appointment in rabies vaccination schedule: Do the medical personnel also generate the problem?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Dec 13 ];8:314-314
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Dear Sir,

The rabies vaccination has been proved to be the most effective method for prevention of rabies in exposed cases. In the present day, rabies vaccination requires multiple dosage injection for completion of the course. The missed appointment in rabies vaccination schedule is an important concern since it might result in ineffective prevention and can further cause rabies. [1] In a recent report by Wiwanitkit, there are several causes of missed appointment. Here, the authors reappraised the situation and raised a new question about whether medical personnel also generated the problem. The authors audited the rabies vaccine appointment cards of 100 patients visiting a medical center for having booster dosage rabies vaccine. Of the 100 cases, a problem with the mentioned date in the card could be seen in 12 cards (12%). This is a considerable high rate and can reflect that medical errors are high in writing the appointment on the card on the first visit. In fact, medical errors in rabies vaccination have been seldom reported and most relate to incorrect site of administration. [2],[3] The data in the present report showed that another important problem was the incorrect date given on the appointment card by medical personnel. This is a big problem and the practitioner needs to be repeatedly educated about it so as to have a more careful clinical practice.

References

1Wiwanitkit V. Missed appointment in rabies vaccination schedule. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 2012;70:834.
2Zanetti CR, Dellavance A, Cavallero JC, Pereira OA. An error in the administration of rabies serum vaccination. The use of an improvised schedule and its evaluation: Report of a case. Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo 1993;35:465-7.
3Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Incorrect administration method for booster dosage of rabies vaccination. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 2014;72:479.