0.9% Sodium Chloride for irrigation vs. 0.9% Sodium Chloride for injection in the operating room

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  • by paul_rn
    Specializes in Perioperative.

Can we use 0.9% NaCl for irrigation to mix with medications (like Heparin, contrast, etc.) instead of 0.9% NaCl for injection in the back table? I see no difference aside from how they are contained (IV bag vs. bottle). 

I just know that using the saline irrigation is easier to pour; saves us time to prepare and cost effective.

Can anyone give me clarification about this. If you have any information from manufacturers please do share. Thanks!

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