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The Economics of Prefilled Syringes - August 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 3 Observation Yes/No Provider Single-dose vials are used for only one patient. Yes o No o Multi-dose vials are accessed outside of the patient care area. Yes o No o Multi-dose vials are labeled with a 28-day expiration after opening. Note: If the printed expiration date is earlier than 28 days, use this date as the expiration date. Yes o No o If not immediately drawn and administered, syringes with medication are labeled. Yes o No o Rubber septums are wiped with alcohol wipes before access. Yes o No o IV access ports are wiped with alcohol wipes before access. Yes o No o Medications for the current patient and from single-dose vials are the only medications drawn in patient-care areas. Medications for other patients are not accessed or stored after access in this area. Yes o No o Medications/syringes on the sterile field are labeled, including any fluids. Yes o No o Safe Injection Surveillance Worksheet H aving trouble finding a vein to start an IV? Try using a hot pack. A quick squeeze causes the hot pack to heat up, and the heated pad, when placed over veins, helps dilate them, making them easy to see and access. We keep medical-grade hot packs on hand at our hospital, to use with patients who have sore necks or backs, but you can get similar products for less than a dollar apiece at big department stores. Patients are amazed at how much easier the IV start is when we use the hot pack. Any time we're having a lit- tle difficulty feeling a vein, it's our secret weapon. Pearl Dixon, CPT St. Mary Medical Center Hot Packs Make IV Starts a Breeze • HOT TIP Some of the most challeng- ing patients become first-stick success stories when you warm up their veins. Pearl Dixon, CPT Langhorne, Pa. pmccall@stmaryhealthcare.org

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