i was looking up on mannitol when i came across this comment which i thought was interesting.
may 30, '07
i have done a literature search on when a needle filter is needed. everyone should consider looking it up for evidence based nursing practice. we are the ones that administer the meds and need to be aware of quality and safe practices. evidently, every medication that comes in a glass ampule should be filtered. the glass shards can cause all types of inflammatory issues from organ failure to vascular damage. i contacted the schools of pharmacy in my state and found out that pharmacist have been taught to filter anything that is in a glass ampule that they draw up. nurses need to consider ebp for medication administration. i was surprised that hospital pharmacist have not prompted the use of needle filters. ask your pharmacist. when tpn is put together, they not only are wiping down the glass with alcohol but they are using a 5 micron needle filter when drawing up the medications to put in the tpn, if they come in glass ampules
now i know that when i'm giving a medication from an ampule most especially i try to use the smallest needle to extract the fluid, but i still worry i am getting glass particles in the syringe. any remedy for this?
and do you agree with the statement? i wouldn't mind using a filter for administration of medications from a glass bottle/ampule but are there syringes with filters built in? does your facility use them? or can i get crafty and take a regular micron filter and somehow stick it on the end of the needle?