Does Normal Saline "expire"?? - page 2

In a bit of a bind here. I am taking a trip to Africa to assist in Surgery in May. I've put out a call for donations of supplies etc, and have gotten some things, and some more are coming. Today,... Read More

  1. by   RNonsense
    Great idea Tory!
    IMHO I wouldn't use it...I vaguely remember something about the plastic & wrapper breaking down over time, thus you cannot guarantee the contents are still "sterile".
  2. by   Stargazer
    Katie stated that the IVs expired 12/02. Even conservatively, these would still be useable through June; and slightly less conservatively, next December.
  3. by   RNonsense
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    Our supplier has always told us that it's generally accepted knowledge in the pharmaceutical biz that meds are still fine for 6 - 12 months past the printed expiration date, if that helps you any.
    Does this apply to IV bags too? Without literature or something to support that, I'd still be scared to use it...
  4. by   gwenith
    When expirary dates were first made mandatory (I told you all in MY training days we fought off dinosaurs) there was a maximum expiry of five years ergardless of the product. Before this ampoules ( they were glass) of normal saline had no expiry. But tthe best bet would be to contact one of the aid charities like Sisters of Mercy or others to see what they use and yes I understand it is often the case of anything is better than nothing.