Filter needles for glass vials?


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Specializes in PeriOperative. Has 11 years experience.

I always do off the field (epi, neo/poly).

We don't have sterile filter needles, so I can't use filters on the field (ie to draw up methyl methacrylate).


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Yes to filter needles & ampoules

The Canadian Potter & Perry also mentions that you can use a filter needle when drawing up meds from vials, to avoid pieces of rubber getting into solution. Thoughts about this? I haven't researched this one yet.

MN-Nurse, ASN, RN

1,398 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg - Renal.

We have filter needles. Haven't seen a glass vial in over a year.

Specializes in ED. Has 5 years experience.

I would never draw up a med from an ampule without a filter needle, you never know when a tiny bit of glass might break off into the medication.. And yes, when doing an IM injection, I always use one needle to draw up the drug, and a separate one to administer the injections. And I sure hope the nurses giving me shots do the same!

TerpGal02, ASN

540 Posts

Specializes in Psych. Has 11 years experience.

We didn't have filter needles at my last place of employment which was a community mental health agency. We gave a lot of antipsychotic depot injections. Haldol Dec almost always comes in ampules and was a favorite of our pdoc. It drove me up the wall but I had no say in ordering supplies. The more senior nurse didn't think it was a big deal.