Provincial mitigation strategies are over. Staff and students may return to normal best practice standards.

Recently, there was a global shortage of Sodium Chloride 0.9% (normal saline, NS) and Sterile Water (SW) for Injection 10 ml vial. Provincial mitigation strategies are over. Staff and students may return to normal best practice standards: resume using Sodium Chloride 0.9% (normal saline, NS) and Sterile Water (SW) for Injection 10 ml vial.

How will this impact students and faculty instructors?

Students and faculty instructors who are completing student placements in Fraser Health should consult with the Patient Care Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Educator on their units to clarify the process at each site for returning to normal best practice standards. Students and faculty instructors should also familiarize themselves with the products used on their units.

Normal Saline (NS)

  • NS 10 ml vials will start coming back to unit stores inventory.
  • Staff are to crease the use of NS minibags and bag spike adaptors in lieu of 10 ml vials effective immediately.

Sterile Water (SW)

  • SW will be re-distributed to unit stores inventory.
  • Use the 2 ml SW polyamps before the 10 mL vials as the 2 ml size (shown below) expires in October.

sterile water injection vials

Questions?

Please contact the Student Practice Team at student.placement@fraserhealth.ca


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