How long are medications good after being drawn up in syringe?
- 0Sep 27, '13 by gobux90I am a new employee in an ASC - Mohs Surgery (skin cancer). We draw up the lido w/epi, bicarb & clindamycin into 3ml syringes and date them for expiration 2 weeks from being drawn up. Then, they also date it for another week out if the 2 week date comes and the syringe has not been used. At another derm office I worked in, they were only "good" for 1 week.
When I asked why they aren't just dated with a 3 week expiration, I got the standard "That's the way it's always been done". AUGHHH!!!
Does any one know how long a medication can be in a syringe?
- 1Oct 1, '13 by newrnltcI've seen this in several places I've worked. In fast paced areas with high pt turn around I believe that most drawn up meds would be used within the week. As long as staff checks expiration dates before drawing up meds and do not draw up a bunch at once there should be no expired products in the syringe you pick up. I also hope they are well versed in the proper techniques to prevent contamination. However, for the final word it sounds like we need to do a literature review!
- 1Jan 1 by littlekaneRNAt my derm office we keep syringes for 1 week after drawing up lido w/ epi. We don't use clinda though so can't comment on that. We had an OSHA inspector come in and afterwards we limited use to 1 week. I don't know if it was his suggestion or just prompted a definite time limit on them, we used to use them until gone which didn't last long when you numb all day long!
- 1Jan 1 by chareAt my facility, if medications in syringes were prepare by the pharmacy they, they typically expire 24 hours after preparation. Some medications, however, depending upon sterility and/or stability issues might expire in considerably less time.
Medication syringes prepared by nursing expire one hour after preparation.
This question is best asked of your pharmacist.