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Pre-Filled Syringe Safety Concerns

Many nurses may want to dilute small volumes of IV push medications to aid slow administration or to reduce the possible blow out of an IV and a possible harmful infiltration, or they may want to dilute doses of IV analgesics to speed initial delivery to the patient.Sometimes the nurse may want to gently introduce IV medication to a patients IV access site. This is an important choice for the nurse. Depending on where the IV access is located. If an IV is located in a patients arm (small vein) the nurse knows that any hypertonic solution (medication) may need to be diluted a little to ease the entrance of medication into the patients delicate IV Access site. If the IV site is a central line then the nurse would not pay as close of attentions to the hypertonic medication because of the large vein. But even…Continue

Tags: of, Dangers, Pre-Filled, Syringe, Deadly

Started by Christopher Green Jan 21, 2013.

Needlestick injury

A needlestick injury is a percutaneous piercing wound typically set by a needle point, but possibly also by other sharp instruments or objects. Commonly encountered by people handling needles in the medical setting, such injuries are an occupational hazard in the medical community. These events are of concern because of the risk to transmit blood-borne diseases through the passage of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus which causes AIDS.Despite their seriousness as a medical event, needlestick injuries have been neglected: most go unreported and ICD-10 coding is not available.  On the other hand, as needlesticks have been recognized as occupational hazards, their prevention has become the subject of regulations…Continue

Tags: QD, QDSS, QD Syringe Systems, Safety Shielding Devices, Safety Needle Devices

Started by Christopher Green Jan 5, 2012.

Blog Posts

Is There a Definite Pre-Filled Syringe Solution? Maybe not.

This image shows what a sharp needle looks like after it is used just once then after being used six times. The BEST practice is to only use the sharp sterile steel needle ONE TIME (as intended by it's manufacturers)...and that is when it is entering a PATIENT. That will ensure that the patient is…


Posted by Christopher Green on January 22, 2013 at 9:48am

Dangerous Pre-Filled Syringe ~ Is It Time To Pause And Reflect?

Pre-Filled Syringe Safety Concerns

ISMP can envision other problems not mentioned in response to the survey when using prefilled cartridges as vials. Nurses may want to dilute small volumes of IV push…


Posted by Christopher Green on January 21, 2013 at 8:17am

The Pre-Filled Syringe ~ A Dangerous Alternative?

Nurses reported concerns associated with using the cartridges as vials. These nurses expressed concern about potential SAFETY ISSUES with this practice, including:

  • Risk of contamination after entry into a medication cartridge not intended for puncture as a…


Posted by Christopher Green on January 21, 2013 at 8:00am

FDA ::: Warns of IV Compatibility Issues for Prefilled Glass Syringes

November 19, 2010 — Compatibility issues have been reported between certain prefilled needleless glass syringes and pin-activated needleless intravenous (IV) access systems, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.

Connection attempts may cause the pin to…


Posted by Christopher Green on January 21, 2013 at 12:02am




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