How to Draw Bacteriostatic Water From a Vial
1. Make sure your work area is clean and that you have washed your hands. (Figure 1)
2. To begin drawing from the bacteriostatic water, remove the hard stopper cap or the duster on the top of the vial. (Figure 2)
3. Wipe off the top of the vial with the alcohol wipe for 3-5 seconds to make sure the vial is clean. (Figure 3)
4. Open the syringe and needle from their packaging and connect the two by twisting into place. If they are already connected, simply remove it from the packaging. (Figure 4)
5. Untwist the cap from the needle. DO NOT TOUCH THE NEEDLE. IF YOU DO, GET A NEW ONE. Draw the amount of air equal to the amount of liquid you will draw (for example, pull the plunger to the 6 milliliter mark). (Figures 5 & 6)
6. Inject the needle into the vial through the rubber stopper on top, push down the plunger, and draw back the 6 milliliters of bacteriostatic water needed to reconstitute the vial of powder. It is okay to draw a little bit extra. (Figure 7)
7. Make sure to get all of the air bubbles out; the maximum amount is about the size of a pin head.
8. Take out the syringe. Turn the syringe needle side up and tap the syringe with your finger to get all of the air bubbles to the top. Clear the air bubbles out of the syringe by pushing up on the plunger slightly until they are all gone. Some water may “squirt” out of the needle. This may be necessary to make sure the plunger is at the correct mark. (Figures 8 & 9)
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