Quote from rn2b123
i have asked other nurses if they use filter needles when drawing up medications from an ampule and everytime i get a blank stare asking me what a filter needle is!
what the hell is a filter-needle? evidently not really needed, right? (gotta use your "critical thinking" skills on this one)
Quote from ilovenursing2009
in school if a student were to draw up an ampule med without a filter needle that action would have been considered a "critical error" resulting in being thrown out of the program.
wow! what really short-sightedness of your nursing program. did anyone pass under those incredible draconian standards?
Quote from snowy31
i also work for a facility that does not supply filter needles. i think this is a liability for nurses and it is dangerous to the patients. i have mentioned this to my nursing supervisor and she doesn't seem as though it is a big deal. i have to deal with this kind of stuff a lot at my office and it is really annoying. good thing i am working my 2wk notice huh.
quitting your job over filter-needles??? allrighty-then. go with what makes you sleep well @ night.
please...oh please give us statistics about all the safety problems caused due to the lack of filter needles. inquiring minds want to know.
all you students out there... the latest and greatest huh?
amazing how many decades ampules have been used without those critical
filter needles being used.
there must be people dying all over the world because of micro-glass filaments suspended in billions
of iv medicine administrations using ampules.
certainly go with what you feel is comfortable to you. after all. it's your license and the safety of patient are on the line. not! you stand a much larger chance of personal injury from breaking them open incorrectly.
don't be intimidated by glass ampules. not many medications are being packages that way anymore anyway. take your time, handle them correctly, and ensure there's a clean break from the neck of the ampule. that's it. if it should happen that the tip or ampule shatter. reject the dose and draw up another one.
wow.... just wow! quitting a job over such a thing? good luck with that.