OUCH!!!! Ampule issues. Anyone else have problems? - page 4

I attempted to open an ampule with no succes, so I rotated it and tried again. I had my alcohol wipe in package around it to "protect" me from the glass. I know that ampules are scored in a certain... Read More

  1. by   Indy
    With the smaller ampules, I have a harder time putting forth the force needed to break them open. It may be I'm rightfully afraid of cutting myself, I dunno. But it is funny 'cause I have to actually jump up and down to get them open.

    So then I go and do this with metoprolol or other large ampules and that's too much force, either I cut myself or the top's all jagged, or worse, I completely smash the little bottle and spill the contents. Why on earth does anything come in a 5 ml ampule anyhow? Good grief. You get vials of stuff in as little as 1 ml and I've never seen an ampule have a volume smaller than 1 ml.
  2. by   Ayvah
    Quote from Sweetooth EMT-P, RN
    I must ask the question why the heck do we still use ampules to hold medications, especially ones as large as the one i had to open.
    This is something I'm still wondering myself!
  3. by   re25149
    I was just cut opening an ampule of phenergan!! I was having trouble opening it and when I finally did I sliced the top of my index finger knuckle wide open. Had to get 3 stitches. After doing this all the nurses have said that they have had difficulty opening them also! When I first started working the phenergan came in a regular vial, not sure why they switched? So I am not glad that you got cut also but glad to see that I am not the only one having trouble, thought it was just me at first and felt stupid!
  4. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Two weeks ago I had a 10 mL amp of Ventolin shatter from the neck up when I attempted to crack it. (Thank God for filter needles...) My glove was still completely intact so no injury there, but rather than risk it with the other 4, I sent my neighbour to the dietary area of our unit for a nipple. Works like a charm. But I wonder why some amps just WON'T snap where they're supposed to!
  5. by   wooh
    Nipples are the ONLY way I'll open them now. Thankfully, doing peds, they're always pretty convenient.
  6. by   Butterfliesnroses
    I've never opened an ampule except in nursing school as practice. They taught us both ways. Either way opening them was scary! I've only been a nurse for 2 months though so I may come across them later. I do know we have filter needles, so they must be used or prepared to use them. But now thanks to this thread I have lots of good advice!
  7. by   carolmaccas66
    Sorry to hear u got cut.
    I've noticed the glass ampoules are getting harder to snap off now. I think some companies are not making them correctly to be honest. When I was a student, I think there was only one ampoule I didn't break correctly.
    I don't know about ampoule openers but sometimes you have to develop a 'wrist' technique 2 snapping them. I try to do it quickly and sort of rotate my wrist as I snap, that seems to work.
    But sometimes the glass does break, then I have to start again (sigh)
  8. by   diane227
    I use a 2x2 sponge to open vials. It gives you a little more padding in case the edge is jagged.

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