Frequently, a dose of 1ml is called for, leaving even the smallest vials with 1ml of remaining medication that must be discarded.
Encourage staff members to consider the disposal of the remaining medication as a safety step, rather than a waste of resources.
Staff will follow procedures to ensure that there is no cross-contamination, nor degradation of the medication.
Multi-dose vials are designed for the administration of several doses for one patient.
If a multi-dose vial is used on more than one patient (for example: TB skin test solution and infl uenza vaccine ), the vial should not be kept or accessed in the immediate patient area, such as patient rooms or treatment rooms.
Administering parenteral medications has become routine for nurses across the healthcare spectrum.
Subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous, or intradermal routes all provide medications in a specific manner.
Otherwise, insulin pens should be issued for each individual patient and use.