What is an ampule? Well I’m glad you asked. An ampule is a glass container that is sealed and holds a single dose of medication. Housing medications via amplues is the least expensive way to package drugs, and the shelf life lasts longer when medications are packaged this way.
Step 1- Examine the ampule thoroughly. While examining the ampule one must check for certain key elements that can alter the drug in question and cause harm to the patient who is to receive the drug. Check the name of the drug from the label on the ample to make sure that it is the correct medication prescribed for the patient.
Then check the ampule for its vessel integrity, color, clarity, concentration, any sedimentation, the expiration date, also check the total volume of medication in ampule and total milliliters in the ampule.
Step 2- After one inspects the ampule thoroughly and all clear is given, the next step is to ensure that the medication is properly mixed. Gently tap the stem of the ampule, located at the top, in order to ensure proper disbursement into the base of the ampule.
Step 3- After examining the ampule thoroughly and ensuring proper disbursement of medication it is now time to open the ampule. Obtain a 4”x4” gauze pad, while holding the ampule in your left hand (left hand if you are right handed and right hand if you are left handed) take your right hand, gauze in hand (gauze covering the top of the ampule) and gently snap the neck off (stem).
Step 4- The next step is very important. Making sure that your hands are close together (marry), and without touching the outer side of the ampule insert the needle into the medication in the ampule. Once the needle is located inside the ampule, draw the solution into the syringe. Remember when withdrawing solution always withdraw more than you need because air will fill the syringe also.
Step 5- Once the medication is drawn into the syringe, withdraw the needle and hold it upright, gently tap or flick the barrel to loosen any air that may have entered during withdrawal. Step 6- Gently squeeze the plunger located at the base of the needle to establish your start point and expel any air bubbles. Your start point is the dose of medication prescribed for the patient. Once the start point is established recap the needle using the one-handed method.