Painless Ampule and Filter Needle Technique a guest post by Mark Culver, PharmD, BCPS (@EMcritRX)
Standard technique for transferring medication from a glass ampule involves swabbing the ampule with isopropyl alcohol and breaking the neck of the ampule with the alcohol pad or gauze. The problem that many can attest to is the glass breaking in a way that punctures through the pad or gauze and cuts into one’s digits.
|Ampule assortment of commonly used medications in emergency medicine|
TRICK OF THE TRADE
|Keep the syringe and needle aseptic and not on a counter|
Note: Never inject medication back through the filter needle after withdrawing from a glass ampule.
This trick of the trade works for almost every ampule size and may take a few attempts to optimize the aseptic components of the technique (see video above).
Mark Culver, PharmD, BCPS (@EMdruggist)
Emergency Medicine Pharmacist
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Painless Ampule and Filter Needle Technique Peer reviewed by Nadia Awad, PharmD, BCPS (@Nadia_EMPharmD)
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