I recently browsed the CDC website and found this. I will be recommending that multi-dose vials not be opened and used
for multiple patients inside an operating room, such as on an anesthesia cart:
- Can multi-dose vials be used for more than one patient? How?
Multi-dose vials should be dedicated to a single patient whenever possible.
If multi-dose vials must be used for more than one patient, they should not be kept or accessed in the immediate patient treatment area. This is to prevent inadvertent contamination of the vial through direct or indirect contact with potentially contaminated surfaces or equipment that could then lead to infections in subsequent patients. If a multi-dose vial enters the immediate patient treatment area, it should be dedicated to that patient only and discarded after use.
- What are examples of the “immediate patient treatment area”?
Examples of the immediate patient treatment area include patient rooms or bays, and operating rooms.