• Is it safe to re-access sodium bicarbonate bottles for use in minor surgery?

    3 monthes ago - By Journal of Pediatric Surgery

    Sodium bicarbonate is added to lidocaine to reduce injection pain. In Canada, it is available in vials exceeding the injection volume 100-fold. These are single-use vials that should be disposed of after one access. Some surgeons re-use vials to reduce waste, potentially causing contamination. This study aims to review the safety of sodium bicarbonate and assess alternatives to current practice.
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