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J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 7 a re ready- to-use pre- filled med- ications from com- pounding pharmacies a wise investment for your surgical facility? Coming up with the answer requires some thoughtful introspec- tion, says Becki Allen, RN, CNOR, the nurse administrator at Apollo Surgery Center in West Melbourne, Fla. About a year ago, Apollo Surgery Center decided to adopt a handful of anesthesia and emergency medications as prefilled syringes from a compounding pharmacy — atropine, ephedrine and succinylcholine, specifically. Safety was the key moti- vating factor in the decision, says Ms. Allen. "Prefilled syringes ensure that we use one syringe for each patient every time, that we're not 'double dipping,' which could lead to an Are Prefilled Syringes Worth It? Weighing the pros and cons of ready-to-administer compounded drugs. • WASTE NOT The potential benefits of prefilled syringes include improved safety, reduced waste and labor savings. Bill Donahue Senior Editor

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