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| Standard Number:||1910.1030|
The pharmacy and nursing staff (of our facility) use large bore needles to withdraw medication from a vial and then remove that needle, placing a smaller gauge safety needle on the syringe to administer the medication to the patient.In the situation that you describe, the practices your facility uses are compliant with the Bloodborne Pathogens standard and no further controls would be required. The standard applies to all occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Therefore, during a procedure where there is no exposure to blood or OPIM, such as withdrawing medication or pharmaceuticals from a vial, it would not be necessary to implement the use of engineering controls.
Do we have to use a safety needle to withdraw the medication from the vial even though it will not have contact with the patient?
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