I hoped those using Prefilled normal saline syringes could comment on a concern brought to my attention:
We are considering bringing in Prefilled normal saline syringes with Internal Sterile pathway only. The concern is that the external portion of the plungerÂ is extended into the clean packaging.Â The plunger would then beÂ considered clean, 'not sterile' and the reintroduction of the plunger backward and forwards during the checking for blood would/could contaminate the solution.
Nurses are asking.....shouldÂ we be drawing back to check for blood returns with these sterile pathway syringes? I'm not hopeful that the manufacturer will be very much help.
Laurie McCulloch, Nurse Clinician IV Teams Victoria, B.C.