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Syringe warning. (Children's Health).

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has issued a warning to both parents and physicians about the use of parenteral syringes for measuring and administering oral liquids to infants.

One infant died in August and others have been injured when they swallowed or choked on hypodermic syringe caps, said the ISMP, a nonprofit organization that shares information with the Food and Drug Administration.

The nozzle caps on hypodermics are small, translucent, and inconspicuous. With some, it's possible to draw medications in and administer them without removing the cap, which can then easily discharge and eject into a child's airway. The ISMP recommends using only measuring cups or oral syringes for administering liquids.

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Publication:Family Practice News
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Date:Oct 15, 2001
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