Question #1 - Infection Control:

The Board has received the following complaints:

A patient went for a nuclear stress test. After his intravenous was established, the technician drew a syringe of saline from a large bag and injected it into his intravenous. As he waited, he observed the same technician withdraw more of the same solution from the bag and inject it into another person’s intravenous. He is sure that the technician used the same syringe and needle to do this that she used on him. He complained to the physician who told him that the technician changed the needle each time she used the common bag.

What is the proper procedure that the technician should have followed?

Changing the needle between patients but keeping the same barrel.

Using a new sterile syringe for each patient.