Are You Exposing Your Dialysis Patients to Possible Infections?

As a dialysis professional, you routinely use catheter locking solutions to maintain patency in hemodialysis catheters for your long-term dialysis patients.  Heparin has traditionally been used for this purpose.  However, some of your patients will experience an allergic reaction to heparin or a more serious complication known as heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).  Sodium citrate has been shown to be an efficacious alternative to heparin as a catheter locking solution.  Additionally, some studies show that sodium citrate acts as an antimicrobial.

30-mL Multiple Dose Vials of Sodium Citrate 4% Solution Offer a Safe Alternative to Large Single-Use Bags.

Sodium citrate from a manufacturer is currently only available in 250-mL bags and is labeled as single-use only, which means only one entry into the bag is allowed.  Unlike a 250-mL bag of solution, you can withdraw solution from a multiple-dose vial repeatedly and the risk of contaminating the vial is dramatically decreased.  This means less chance of causing an infection in your patients. 

When choosing a pharmacy to compound sodium citrate, look for a proven sterile compounding pharmacy with a history of serving dialysis centers. Ask if they have experience in compounding sodium citrate. Are they a preferred provider for national dialysis groups?

Your dialysis center should consider the increased safety associated with sodium citrate as a catheter locking solution as well as the cost effectiveness and additional safety of a 30-mL multi-dose vial.

Written by Newport Beach Compounding Center Staff

As one of the most experienced compounding pharmacies in Newport Beach, We provide a valuable service working together with physicians and patients to create medications tailored to specific requirements. We are specialists in the art and science of pharmacy compounding. Our Team of experts can meet all of your unique pharmaceutical needs.

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