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Medication - Sterile Compounding - Unit Dose Alcohol Swabs (USP 797 2008 Version Only)

Can an alcohol swab be utilized on more than one vial septum or bag injection entry point ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

Applicable only to organizations following USP 797 2008 Version:

The current standard of practice does not allow for alcohol swabs to touch another object prior to its use when cleaning a critical point (i.e. vial septum, ampule neck, or injection entry port on an IV bag).  If this is identified during a survey, it will be scored as non-compliant with Joint Commission Standards as an infection control risk.
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Medication Management MM
First published date: January 23, 2018 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
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