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

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and affixing the labels, frees us up to focus on our many other respon- sibilities. • Safety. Then there's safety. Many medication errors occur at the point of drawing up medication from identical-looking vials. Because the medication is already premeasured and drawn up and ready to go, you'll drastically reduce the potential for human errors in calculating dose and concentration. You'll also remove the possibility of vial split- ting and cross-contamination. You don't want your docs to use a sin- gle-dose vial for multiple vials, but we all know that physicians rou- tinely split vials rather than waste expensive drugs. We once knew a doctor who would draw up 10 mL of neostigmine and put it in his pocket (unlabeled!). He'd give 3 mL to Patient A, go get a snack in the cafeteria and then pull the same syringe out of his pocket and give Patient B the same medication. A simulation study pub- lished online last June in the Journal of Patient Safety found that medica- tion error rates as high as 75% fell to the single digits when nurses used prefilled syringes vs. vial-and- syringe methods. "Having the medication predrawn in a prelabeled syringe goes a long way to reduc- 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 • 3 9 • NO WASTE To ease usage and avoid waste, syringes are filled with the most common dosages of each particular drug. Jared Sturgill

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