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Is it necessary to record the batch numbers for IV fluids on prescription sheets?

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Is it necessary to record the batch numbers for IV fluids on prescription sheets?

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Recording batch numbers for IV fluids is an outdated procedure. The burden of risk of giving an IV fluid is no greater than any other IV medicine where batch numbers are not recorded.

Martin Shepherd is head of medicines management, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

 

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  • Anonymous

    What if the batch is comtaminated in some way? Surely you would want to know which patients recieved the faulty batch?

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