Ampules still being used, Ouch! - page 2

I have opened several of these little stinkers and hate it every time. I use a 2x2 and have always broken the top away from me. Well, I opened a defective one last night! The top came off and... Read More

  1. by   gitterbug
    Ampules are common here. Safety first with the 2 x 2, I use a filter when drawing up med too. Never know when even the tiniest sliver of glass got into the med.
  2. by   AZ Nurse
    With all the federal regulations regarding needleless equipment you would think that the danger posed by a break in skin from opening a glass ampule that shatters would also be a concern. In addition to approaching pharmacy try approaching your risk management people or whoever was in charge of bringing in needle safe devices to your facility.
  3. by   clee1
    The only thing we still use in ampules is Nubain.

    I have suffered my share of nicks and scrapes from ampule cuts - they should be banned as a hazzard to mankind!
  4. by   Markthemalenurse
    I hate those thing. I could never open them correctly. I would always end up with a sharp point on the top part that you break off.
  5. by   teenynurse
    what i use is alchol pad I open the alchol stick the top in the alchol packet wrapper and then break it I never been cut, but you are right in a field where we are going needleless to prevent needle sticks there has to be a less likely to get cut
    Last edit by teenynurse on Sep 30, '06
  6. by   htrn
    Our terbutaline now comes in 1ml vials instead of the ampules - YEAH!!! Still plenty of other ampules we have to use those.

    JCAHO was at our hospital a couple weeks ago and was not happy to find ampules in our medcart. One made the comment "I sure don't want to have to wait for a nurse to open an ampule, draw up a med with a filter needle, change needles and then give me an injection while I am having a seizure". Funny, she wasn't too concerned about staff safety regarding ampules.
  7. by   twinmommy+2
    The two on my unit are phenergan and digoxin, but I know there was another one that is on the tip of my tongue that was a big sucker (can't remember it for the life of me). I cut my thumb on a phenergan amp a few weeks ago also.
  8. by   tvccrn
    Our fentanyl still comes in the ampules.

    tvccrn
  9. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from TJPalone
    what i use is alchol pad I open the alchol stick the top in the alchol packet wrapper and then break it I never been cut, but you are right in a field where we are going needless to prevent needle sticks there has to be a less likely to get cut
    I was taught to do it this way, too, breaking away from body, not towards, and I've never been cut (or felt I was risking it even). They just snap off into the packet.
  10. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from rjflyn
    I have found liquid bandaid from the drug store works good to seal small wounds and abrasions.

    Rj

    I love this "New Skin"!!! We are using it on stage 1and2 pressure ulcers in HH and it is the most effective I have seen. I use it on my boys for everything, They would rather have it than a band-aid!
  11. by   cardsRN
    yeah, ouch. with all the needleless systems and such out there, you'd think this one would be a no-brainer!
  12. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from texas_lvn
    I love this "New Skin"!!! We are using it on stage 1and2 pressure ulcers in HH and it is the most effective I have seen. I use it on my boys for everything, They would rather have it than a band-aid!
    ow ow ow, it stings on me! Can't imagine that on a stage II!
  13. by   Indy
    Digoxin, nubain, demadex, and narcan are what I've seen in ampules on my floor. I'm sure there are more but that's all that comes to mind. I've got a mind to buy that little opener doololly and keep it in my purse.

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