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Product name: Bacteriostatic Water 30ml
Bottle: Premium Glass Vial
Quantity: 1 x Bacteriostatic Water 30ml
Classification: Premium Research Products
What is bacteriostatic water?
This sterile water for injection represents a non-pyrogenic, multidose water with approximately 0.9 benzyl alcohol. The item comes in 30ml vials and are meant for a single use. Bacteriostatic water for injection, USP is used to prevent growth of bacteria within a vial. However, once you add the solution, it will not actually kill the bacteria – it will only prevent the multiplication.
It is a bit different from an anti-bacterial agent. While the agent will kill all the bacteria already present, it may also affect medications. In that sense, bacteriostatic water can be used for multiple purposes.
Even though this medical water doesn’t have any bacteria, it may become contaminated once introduced into plastic vials or some other type of a container. For personal safety, medical professional shouldn’t keep it for longer than 28 days as the solution may lose its properties (according to Hospira company).
Bacteriostatic water usage
Solution’s main purpose is to help dilute or dissolve drugs prior to being injected into a body. Health professional has to follow the instructions provided by the drug manufacturer.
When mixing drugs from two multidose vials, here is a list of steps that a professional has to follow:
- In order to start the procedure, use alcohol to wipe the rubber stopper on the first vial. This will decrease the potential risk of contamination
- Syringe plunger has to be pulled back until volume of air equals the volume from the drug vial
- Needle has to be inserted into the top of the vial while also making sure that it doesn’t interact with the solution. After injecting the air, it’s necessary to remove the needle.
- Same step needs to be replicated with a new needle when using the secondary vial. Once the air is injected into the second vial, it needs to be inverted while at the same time withdrawing the prescribed dose
- The rubber stopper on the first vial has to be wiped clean. Then, you are able to insert the needle. Make sure not to depress the plunger
- If needed, make sure to change the needle
- Once the procedure is finished, take care of used supplies by throwing them to an appropriate waste disposal
Given the toxicity of benzyl alcohol, bacteriostatic water shouldn’t be used on neonates.
It also shouldn’t be used as a fluid replacement or during epidural/spinal anesthesia.
Potential side effects
Here are the potential issues which a person may encounter:
- Febrile response
- Tissue infection or even necrosis
- Local tenderness
- Venous thrombosis or phlebitis
If a professional notices one or more of these reactions, it is necessary to check the patient and perform additional steps that will address the issue:
- Stop the infusion
- Introduce appropriate countermeasures
- Make sure to save the vehiles for examination
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