Maximizing patient safety: Filter needle use with glass ampules

Gina M. Heiss-Harris, M. Terese Verklan

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Abstract

Particle contamination of medications obtained from glass ampules can pose serious hazards to patients. Particle contamination may be reduced by using a filter needle when obtaining medication from glass ampules prior to administration. The purpose of this article is 2-fold, to educate nursing staff caring for neonates about (1) the potential risk and resultant complications related to particle contamination and the benefit of utilizing a filter needle when obtaining medication from glass ampules, prior to administration of the medication to patients, and (2) the construction of a unit-specific filter needle protocol. The article promotes the continued change in nursing practice regarding nurses erring on the side of safety, with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Filter needle
  • Glass ampule
  • Particle contamination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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