Article

Microbial contamination and labelling of self-prepared, multi-dose phenylephrine solutions used at a teaching hospital

DOI: 10.1080/22201181.2016.1251062
Author(s): Andreas van den HeeverFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, Juan ScribanteFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, Helen PerrieFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, Warren LowmanVermaak and Partners Pathologists, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Common practice at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) is to use boluses from a self-prepared, multi-dose phenylephrine solution to treat spinal anaesthesia-induced hypotension in patients undergoing a Caesarean section. The aims of this study were to determine if there was microbial contamination of the solutions and to evaluate whether healthcare workers adhered to appropriate labelling and aspiration practices.

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