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Opening an Ampoule & Glass Contamination

Did you know that opening an ampoule may result in a patient being contaminated with glass?

January 6th, 2021

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Glass ampoules containing drugs used in patient therapy are commonly used and are the most common cause of occupational injury among healthcare workers, particularly nurses.1 

 

Glass particles have also been shown to contaminate the ampoules during ampoule breaking, these can then be transferred to the patient by injection.2,3,4 Injected glass particles can travel through the blood vessels and may cause several harmful side effects, including pulmonary thrombi, micro-emboli,5,6 infusion phlebitis, end-organ granuloma formation and inflammation.7,8,9,10,11

 

IV in-line filters offer the advantage of removing inadvertent particulates which would include glass particles.11

 

Watch the video to learn how glass particles travel from ampoules when opened!

Slow Motion of Opening a Single-Dose Glass Ampoule

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Dr. Volker Luibl, MBA

Dr. Luibl is Pall Medical’s accomplished Demand Generation Marketing Manager with extensive expertise in medical device and clinical science.
Dr. Luibl is Pall Medical’s accomplished Demand Generation Marketing Manager with extensive expertise in medical device and clinical science.
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