IM Vitamin K & filter needles

  1. Just wondering...

    Do you use a filter needle to draw up Vitamin K from glass ampules and then change the needle before giving the medication IM to newborn babies?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Mofe'ny
    Yes, that is how we do it.
  4. by   dawngloves
    Ours comes in a pre filled syringe.
  5. by   prmenrs
    WE use one of those "straw" filters, then reattach the needle. I used to BEG for a prefilled syringe. What company is it?

    You have to filter anything that comes in a glass ampuole, in case any tiny glass fragments got into the drug.
  6. by   Bailarina
    I always use a filter needle for any med that comes in a glass ampule.
  7. by   dawngloves
    I have no idea Premenrs. They make our code drugs too. I'll have to look next time I work.
  8. by   nekhismom
    We don't have filter needles as far as I know. I haven't had to break an ampule in a while, though, so I'll have to go on a search for the filter needles.

    IF we did have the filters available, I'd use them.
  9. by   dphrn
    Any time I draw a med from an ampule...I ALWAYS use a filter needle!
  10. by   prmenrs
    I think Vit K is one of the few meds that still come in a glass ampoule. Probably time to change, but the drug companies have never asked for my advice!!
  11. by   sbic56
    Quote from prmenrs
    I think Vit K is one of the few meds that still come in a glass ampoule. Probably time to change, but the drug companies have never asked for my advice!!
    :chuckle What? Ask the nurse what is best? Now that makes way too much sense!
  12. by   BittyBabyGrower
    Quote from sbic56
    :chuckle What? Ask the nurse what is best? Now that makes way too much sense!
    man, isn't that the truth :chuckle

    Ours are in premixed syringes. And we don't draw up any meds now, only pharmacy. I hate amps...I have nicked my finger on my fair share!
  13. by   nekhismom
    Well, I have been proven wrong. We DO Have filter needles available. They're in the ONE place no one ever looks for them.....the MED room!! Seriously, our Pyxis is not in the med room, so why WOULD I look in there??
  14. by   gypsyatheart
    We use filter straws as well. In the past when filter needles/straws weren't available, I would break open the ampule, withdraw med w/larger guage needle, then transfer new needle onto syringe. Not great, but the best I could do to avoid picking up fragments.

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