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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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syringe you just drew up, you'll actually spend less per cc if you go prefilled. Then there are those who say you should go prefilled if the compounding phar- macy's beyond-use date (BUD) for a refrigerated item is significantly longer than the manufacturer's expiration date. Whatever the reason, this much is certain: Prefilled syringes can play a key role in sur- gery. About 9 months ago, the head of anesthesia at Lakeside Ambulatory Surgery Center in Omaha, Neb., asked pharmacy coordinator Louise Bergeron, RN, BSN, MS, if they could look into using prefilled syringes for cer- tain medications. Since then, Lakeside has been using prefilled neostigmine, ephedrine, gly- copyrrolate, succinylcholine and phenylephrine daily. And they're very happy about the decision. "The anesthesiologist told me his group used prefilled syringes at other facilities, and they were a far safer option," says Ms. Bergeron. 5 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 Reason to buy prefilled How much does it matter? Safety 4.11 When drugs are in short supply 3.98 Cost savings 3.53 Convenience 3.15 Time savings 2.90 Surgeon preference 2.75 Why Do You Buy Prefilled Syringes? Survey respondents who use prefilled syringes listed safety and drug short- ages as the top 2 factors that influ- ence their purchasing decision. We asked respondents to rank the follow- ing factors on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being not at all important and 5 being critically important. WHAT MATTERS MOST? SOURCE: Outpatient Surgery Magazine Survey, May 2019, 105 respondents

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