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November 21, 2018: Do Not Use a Syringe for a Topical Product – A Focus on Chlorhexidine Disinfectant Solutions

The practice of drawing a medication intended for topical use into a syringe is unacceptable. Most syringes are intended for parenteral administration and pose a risk for a substitution error and/or inadvertent injection. This practice has resulted in potentially deadly and preventable medication safety incidents. Continuing concerns related to inadvertent injection of chlorhexidine solution intended for topical application serve as a reminder of the need to review practices in patient care areas such as the operating room, where both topical and injectable solutions are used.   Read more ...