Single-dose Vial Article Sparks Lively Discussion on MedscapeCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 09/11/2012 01:55 PM EDT
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Single-dose Vial Article Sparks Lively Discussion on Medscape
Last week, Medscape ran a special article series about proper use of single-dose/single-use vials. The series has sparked a lively discussion among physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who have left numerous comments ranging from “Why is this even a discussion? Single-dose means once only,” to “My practice has been using single-dose vials for multiple patients for years and we haven’t seen any harm.”
CDC encourages all clinicians to review the article and remember that 2007 Standard Precautions recommend using single-dose/single-use vials and saline bags only once. The health risks to patients and the professional risks to clinicians are simply too great to cut corners on safety. If doses need to be split or drawn up in advance, it should be done only with full adherence to USP 797 standards, for example at a high-quality compounding pharmacy or outsourced compounding company that follows USP guidelines.
Link to the Medscape article directly by clicking the “New Medscape Article” button on this page: http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/CDCposition-SingleUseVial.html