CPS Safety Watch/Alert: Glacial Acetic Acid Solutions not recommended for patient care

January 25, 2013    |   By: Calevir

The National Alert Network (NAN) has released a warning regarding the potential for severe patient burns and scarring from “accidental application of ‘glacial’ acetic acid (less than or equal to 99.5%) to skin or mucous membranes instead of a much more diluted form.   Glacial acetic acid is the most concentrated form of acetic acid available.”   The article recommends replacing current stocks of glacial acetic acid with vinegar or a commercially available diluted acetic acid, educating staff about the differences between glacial acetic acid and diluted acetic acid, and put safety guards in place to restrict purchasing.   Read the full alert

The NAN bases alert information on errors reported to the National Medication Errors Reporting Program and is operated by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.

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