Drug preparation is an irreplaceable part of hospital practices and carries major risks which are often underestimated.
Not only the reason for a patient’s hospitalisation is a concern, they also face risks of microbiological contamination, medication error or DEHP exposure 5-7 during the length of their stay. Additionally, healthcare workers are also confronted with risks, such as chemical contamination1-3 and sharps injuries.4 Literature demonstrates that these risks not only lead to health consequences 1-4, they might also burden hospital expenditures. Understanding these risks, B. Braun developed Ecoflac® Drug Admixture System which supports needle-free handling8, minimises number of steps9 and reduces hospital waste10.
Today we ask: Why Not Reduce The Risks?
Ecoflac® plus is a self collapsing IV container that is PVC/DEHP free and compatible with a variety of needle-free admixture devices. The Ecoflac® Plus container is available in a number of sizes: 1000 mL, 500 mL, 250 ml, 100 mL and 50 mL.
Ecoflac® plus combines the benefits of a bag and those of a bottle in an easy to handle container. This offers a clear label for reading and there is no need to vent during use.
Ecoflac® Mix is a transfer cap for admixing pharmaceuticals between Ecoflac® plus containers and standard size medication vials. It provides a stable connection between the container and the vial.
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E0827 Ecoflac Mix - Drug Reconstitution.pdf See how Ecoflac plus IV container system along with the Ecoflac Mix transfer cap completes the preparation process in a few simple steps
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2. NIOSH. (2004) Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings.
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7. European Commission Health & Consumer Protection Directorate General. Adopted by Scienti c Committee on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices. OPINION ON: Medical Devices Containing DEHP; Plasticised PVC; Neonates and Other Groups Possibly at Risk from DEHP; Toxicity. European Commission 1-34, 2002
8. The needle-free design of Ecoflac® plus eliminates the risks linked with manipulation of sharps.
9. Penelope Collins, Miriam Jones, Karlee Boulton, Neil Keen, The Canberra Hospital, ACT. "Time, safety and cost benefits of a new intravenous additive system', presented at the 35th SHPA National Conference, 1215 - 1230 / Meeting Room 7, November 2009.
10.PVC-free Ecoflac® plus is 100% recyclable, containers have no outer packaging so they produce a lower amount of waste. Data on file.