I have a question regarding using multi-use vials. Is it okay to take medication from a vial that is almost empty and transfer it to a new vial? Example: You need .05 ml of med. but there is only enough for .03, so you pull that out and open a new vial and squirt it in, then get a new
needle/syringe pull the needed med from the new vial. Since a new needle/syringe is being used is this okay? The reason for this is to avoid sticking a pt twice, which is what you would have to do if this process is not allowed.
Disregard what I said before. The needle will no longer be sterile if you insert it in another vial. You are risking contamination. You need to potentially discard the dose in the vial without the appropriate amount and start from scratch, wiping the stopper with an ETOH wipe. It would not be acceptable to inject the medication into the patient twice.
Last edit by mariebailey on Jan 31, '13
: Reason: ahhh!