Marker on syringes - page 2

Hi All, Does anyone know if permanent marker is okay on plastic syringes as long as giving med/vaccine soon after drawing up? (i.e. leaching through plastic to med?) I cannot find any information... Read More

  1. Visit  PolaBar} profile page
    Another suggestion would be to write on part of the bag/syringe that the medication won't touch (ie above the draw/fluid line).
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  3. Visit  canned_bread} profile page
    we write with pen onto micropore (the paper-like tape), then place onto syringe or bag
  4. Visit  xoemmylouox} profile page
    I don't think there is any real harm in writing on the bag itself, but I find it is much easier to read if I write it on tape first, then apply. Same would apply to injections..
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  5. Visit  IVRUS} profile page
    (1.) Judy Hankins et al, eds, Policies and Procedures for Infusion Nursing, second ed (Orlando, Fla: WB Saunders, 2002)

    This is one referrance, but my question to you is: Do you have evidence that shows that it WON'T leach into the bag... Unless you can show me that it doesn't do this, I say leaching is still a concern, so WHY RISK IT?

    A Label is a simple way to prevent it. Why take the chance? Yes, bags have gone through revisional changes just like medications have. Vancomycin for instance, is a much purer drug than it was in earlier years. But, if there is a chance that leaching could occur, take precautions. It is when one has a cavailer attitute about IV therapy that negative outcomes result.
  6. Visit  lumbarpain} profile page
    Use tape or labels on plastic bags or bottles...syringes...a label if it stays on.
  7. Visit  Mr.Sandman} profile page
    I am a MSN student. My research component involved a bench study of looking for contamination of IV fluids after writing on the infusion container (IV Bag) with the industry standard Sharpie black markers at both ambient & 40 degrees Celsius. My study used 5 different types of bags over a period of 24 hours. The fluid specimen were then ran through a UV/Vis spectrometer. I obtained the known wavelengths of the black ink from Newell Rubbermaid Office Products - the manufacturer of Sharpie products. There was NO correlation in the wavelengths of the tested specimen versus the known wavelengths. I had both positive & negative controls in place. Therefore my research showed that the current generation of infusion containers are impervious to the tested ink.
  8. Visit  AliDevon} profile page
    I've been following this debate with real interest and am relived to finally see that someone has actually gone to effort to check whether this long-standing debate may have a conclusive answer. Thank you Mr. Sandman.

    When I looked into this a while ago, it was following a discussion that only labels were safe, my problem with this argument is that, if ink can contaminated bags, why not the glue from labels and tape?? I found this article but as you can see, it's pretty old.,d.d2k&cad=rja

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