Ampules still being used, Ouch! - page 6

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   piper_for_hire
    Yes! Forget 2x2s, I use a stack of 4x4s or an ABD. Those things are dangerous. It's only a matter of time before I slice up my hand. Still use them in the ICU for lido and a few other things. They should be banned!

    -S
  2. by   daisystar1221
    I work on an Orthopedic's floor and we still have Demerol in ampules.
  3. by   Pat_Pat RN
    I*think* our ampules come with those little plastic sleeve things on them. All the ones I've ever seen have had them on there.
    Pat
  4. by   wooh
    Quote from OLIVIALEN
    I have had the same thought of glass shards too, pulling up to give IM. I always look very carefully but it has crossed my mind that it could get in there if not carefully pulled up.
    Olivia CMA
    Always use a filter needle or filter straw to pull up from an ampule.
  5. by   West_Coast_Ken
    Quote from michelle126
    I haven't seen them in years! Sooo what meds are still coming in them? I think the last thing I used was phenergan?
    I gave 10 mg vitamin K just today from an ampule.
  6. by   mamalala
    I work in an outpatient clinic setting. We have ampules for phenergan and nubain in our offices.
    There are special tools made to score and then break the ampule top off. The top remains in the tool until the user holds it over a sharps container and pushes a plunger to release it into the box.
    You should work with your pharmacy staff and/or safety coordinator to obtain these. We started using them as part of a safer sharps initiative.
  7. by   PICNICRN
    Quote from abu1030
    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 broke in a strange way. The bottom portion still had a large triangular shaped piece attached and Yep, SLICE! I sliced my thumb pretty bad. A nice slice from the center of my Thumb pad to under the thumb nail. I was bleeding like a stuck pig! It did not hurt but it bled for quite a while. One of the nurses I work with put a steri-strip on it. We then proceeded to wrap it to with-in an inch of its life. I woke up today because my poor finger was throbbing. It is a little swollen today but OUCH! It really hurts.

    Why do we still have to use these antiquated little forms of medication. Hasn'ttechnology advanced enough to place these meds in a normal vial with a rubber stopper that can be pushed inside?
    Someone once showed me a trick to aviod this- take a bulb syringe(they are plentyful in the NICU where I work) or I remember from school long ago they called them "ear syringes" in the adult world..... anyway, cut off the tip. It is perfect to slip over the end of the amp before opening! I keep one in my pocket always and haven't been cut since. Hope you're all healed!!!
  8. by   greatshakes
    Incidentally speaking of ampoules, somtimes I find it very difficult to get the last bit of fluid out, especially when it is a medication drawn up in a very thin syringe, similar to an insulin syringe. Is there a trick to it. I know some people hold the ampoule almost upside down but I'm always scared I'll lose a bit.:uhoh21:

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