Shared eye drops between patients

  1. Does anyone use "shared" eye drops preoperatively between patients? If so, how long do you keep the drops after opening?
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  3. by   renerian
    I would hope not...........

    renerian
  4. by   gwenith
    Completely and utterly forbidden/ forbotten/ not done/ conta-indicated/discouraged/against policy

    In a word NO!
  5. by   suzanne4
    Any facility that I have done eye surgery cases in has used single dose eye gtts.
    There are little tubes, droppers, etc. made specifically for those purpose.
    Talk to your pharmacy or drug supplier. Every type of eye drop is made this way and is available.

    They should never be shared................
  6. by   Destinystar
    it is against every infection control guideline on earth:chuckle now as for me personally no!!!!!!!!!!!:hatparty:
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    does anyone use "shared" eye drops preoperatively between patients? if so, how long do you keep the drops after opening?
  7. by   DavidFR
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    Does anyone use "shared" eye drops preoperatively between patients? If so, how long do you keep the drops after opening?

    Never ever.
    When I worked in the UK we even had seperate drops for left and right eye.
  8. by   LadyBugRN
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    Does anyone use "shared" eye drops preoperatively between patients? If so, how long do you keep the drops after opening?
    I have never thought of sharing eye drops between patients! I worked as a medical Technologist in Microbiology laboratory. To prevent spreading disease it should never be allowed. :
  9. by   daxyun
    I have seen nurses share eye drops because the government is too cheap to supply the hospital with the necessary amount of medication we need. It's like, if the patient does not have the money to pay for the drugs, then they should do without it.
  10. by   ginger58
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    Does anyone use "shared" eye drops preoperatively between patients? If so, how long do you keep the drops after opening?
    Any time I've gone to an ophthalmologist's office for an exam they don't open a new bottle for me. I guess they have fewer people handling the drops.

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