2 Gather suppliesSupplies needed to open and withdraw solution from an ampule should include: alcohol pad, gauze pad, filter needle, syringe , regular needle and the ampule of medication. NEED TO ADD A 2X2 GAUZE PAD TO PIC
3 Assemble the filter needle onto the syringe Be sure to assemble the syringe with the filter needle as you would a regular needle, making surenot to touch the needle hub or syringe tip to hands or surfaces.Assemble the filter needle onto the syringeGlass shards are unavoidable in solutions that come from broken ampules. To filter out the glass fragments, a filter needle with a stainless steel filter in the hub is attached to the syringe before extracting solution from the ampule.
4 Remove the solution from the top of the ampule Firmly tap the head of the ampule to move any trapped solution into the body of the ampule.
5 Once the solution is clear from the top of the ampule, you are ready to proceed.
7 Clean the ampule neck and surrounding surfaces with the alcohol pad.
8 Wrap a gauze pad (gauze pad is omitted to allow a clearer view of thumb position) around the neck of the ampule to protect fingers from sharp glass edges. Place thumbs on either side of the neck of the ampule. Thumbs should be positioned so that the lower thumb is on the shoulder of the ampule and the upper thumb is on the largest area of the head of the ampule.
9 Apply equal pressure to thumbs and break the ampule at the neck away from you. Use caution handling the ampule after it is broken as the edges are sharp. The top portion of the ampule should be placed in a sharps container.
10 Uncap the filter needle and place the needle bevel down (this pic has bevel up/needs to be changed) into the ampule.
11 Make sure that the bevel of the needle is down resting on the shoulder of the ampule. This position will allow the least amount of glass fragments to be pulled into the needle.
12 Withdraw solution from the ampule Withdraw solution from the ampule. Bracing the needle on the shoulder of the ampule will allow you better leverage and balance while you are pulling the plunger back to withdraw solution. Be sure to keep the ampule tilted at an angle so that the lumen of the needle stays in the solution.
13 After withdrawing the appropriate amount of solution, recap the filter needle and remove the filter needle that contains any glass fragments that were filtered out of solution. NEED A PICTURE REMOVING THE FILTER NEEDLE