Idea Exchange: No sticker shock here: Labeling syringes helps you avoid medication errors


This reader tip offers an easy way to double-check you're administering the right drug.

We use the round, colored stickers usually found in office supply or craft stores to write what kind of medicine or vaccine we want to pull up in the syringe. We use abbreviations such as k/v for ketamine and valium, HDM for hydromorphone, and DD for dexmedetomidine. We place the stickers on the syringes after we draw up the medicine. It is our way to double check what we are administering.

Laura Boynton, veterinary assistant

Traverse City, Mich.

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