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. by   PolaBar
    Another suggestion would be to write on part of the bag/syringe that the medication won't touch (ie above the draw/fluid line).
  2. by   canned_bread
    we write with pen onto micropore (the paper-like tape), then place onto syringe or bag
  3. by   xoemmylouox
    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..
  4. by   IVRUS
    (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.
  5. by   lumbarpain
    Use tape or labels on plastic bags or bottles...syringes...a label if it stays on.
  6. by   Mr.Sandman
    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.
  7. by   AliDevon
    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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