Sterile water should only be given when mixed with a medicine e.g. antibiotics or medicines that is given as a ‘one off dose’. Water for Injection should not be given by itself as this may cause haemolysis (the rupture or breakdown of blood cells).
Bacteriostatic Water for injection (also known as Bac water) is sterile water which contains 0.9% of benzyl alcohol – which is added to sterile water as a preservative. This bacteriostatic water is packaged in a multi-dose container which drugs can be diluted and then mixed but allowing repeat withdrawals of the solution once it is mixed with the medicine.
When using bacteriostatic water ensure that you maintain aseptic technique for single or multiple entry and withdrawal from all containers to prevent contamination. Swabbing the top of the rubber seal with an alcohol swab prior to use during multi dose can assist in preventing contamination or infection.
When diluting or dissolving drugs; mix thoroughly and use promptly. Do not use unless the solution is clear and seal intact.
When purchasing bacteriostatic water ensure that they are purchased from a reputable seller as it is often not uncommon for some vendors to make their own bac water. Buying from a reputable seller ensures that the bacteriostatic water that you receive is nothing but of the highest quality and sterility is maintained.
Bacteriostatic Water Australia sell’s Hospira brand; they are directly imported from this company so you can rest assure that what you are purchasing is GENUINE Bac Water and of the highest quality.