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Hospira Bacteriostatic Water For Injection 30ml is a USP, sterile water for injection used for diluting medications prior to injection. Packaged in a multiple dose plastic vial. Bacteriostatic water for injection contains 0.9% of benzyl alcohol as a bacteriostatic preservative. Benzyl alcohol, is safe to us and is naturally made by many plants and is commonly found in fruits, teas and essential oils like jasmine. The average pH level is 5.7 (4.5 to 7.0) and is safely packaged in a fabricated semi-rigid vial specially formulated with copolymer of ethylene and propylene. The safety of the plastic has been confirmed by tests in animals according to USP biological standards for plastic containers. The container requires no vapor barrier to maintain the proper label volume. This product is not to be used in neonates.
Sterile Water for injection is single-dose sterile water that does not contain any Bacteriostatic, antimicrobial agents, and added buffers.
What is a bacteriostatic agent?
The word "Bacteriostatic" refers to an added preservative called benzyl alcohol (BnOH) this extends the life of the sterile water allows for repeated use before discarding.
Bacteriostatic water for injection has an extra preservative agent added into the water called benzyl alcohol (BnOH). Benzyl alcohol is a colorless liquid that has low toxicity, and low vapor pressure.
Warnings: not for use in neonates.
Dosage: The volume of the preparation to be used for diluting or dissolving any drug for injection is dependent on the vehicle concentration, dose and route of administration as recommended by the manufacturer.
Store: 20° to 25°C (68 to 77°F)
Active ingredient: benzyl alcohol C7H8O (type: aiha weel)
Molecular Formula: C7H8O
Color: clear, colorless
Hazards: Non-hazardous ingredients include Water for Injection
Pregnancy Risk Category: C
Adverse Reactions: Reactions may occur because of this solution, added drugs or the technique of reconstitution or administration include febrile response, local tenderness, abscess, tissue necrosis or infection at the site of injection, venous thrombosis or phlebitis extending from the site of injection and extravasations.
Precautions: Do not use Bacteriostatic water for injection, USP for intravenous injection unless the osmolar concentration of the additives results in an appropriate admixture.
Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for choice vehicle, appropriate dilution or volume for dissolving the drugs to be injected, including the route and rate of injection.
How to Use:
First examine vial appearance. Make sure water inside is clear and seal is intact and undamaged. Purple plastic flip top helps protect rubber injection entry site.
Swab top of rubber injection site with antiseptic wipe containing 70% isopropyl alcohol or higher to reduce any existing bacteria growth. Wait until alcohol is dry before continuing.
Next, using a sterile syringe and wearing sterile examination gloves, draw the exact dose of sterile water from the vial and carefully injected it into an empty vial to prepare for mixing. Mix thoroughly with desired drug and use promptly after mixing.
After the first time the water is used, label the vial with date and time to ensure preservative integrity (25-28 days once opened). Store at 20 to 25 Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
Note: Not for use in neonates. See package label for additional warnings and precautions prior to use. Not recommended on neonates because on the toxicity of the preservative benzyl alcohol.
How long does it last once it's opened?
Hospira recommends that once a vial open you have up to 28 days to use it. After 28 days the vial needs to be discarded. Sterile water for injection without benzyl alcohol added (single-dose vials) should be discarded after one single use.