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Infection Control

Frequently Asked Questions - IV Solution Reuse

Can intravenous (IV) tubing and/or solutions be reused?

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) Recommendations for Infection Control for the Practice of Anesthesiology, "All infusions (fluids and containers) and administration sets (IV tubings and connections) are single-patient use." Single-use (disposable) devices should be used once and then discarded appropriately. These items are neither designed nor intended to be cleaned, disinfected, or sterilized for reuse.

Selected References and Additional Resources

American Society of Anesthesiologists. Recommendations for Infection Control for the Practice of Anesthesiology. 3rd Edition.

Joint ASA/AAAA Statement on Infection Control in Anesthesia. May 2008. http://www.anesthetist.org/practicestatements/joint_asa-aaaa_statement.iphtml. Accessed 09/21/09.

2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings.


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