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To the Editor.—
The interesting discussion generated by the question of F. M. Dougherty, MD (1979;242:1790), about intravenous infusion filters addresses safety and cost-effectiveness in different areas of the hospital. However, in our experience, one of the problems with the use of in-line filters is their efficiency in binding certain drugs that are given by intravenous push, notably diazepam.Until more data are available regarding the amount of drugs retained in the filters, we have avoided their use in the operating room and the intensive care units, except in special circumstances.Hopefully this information will be forthcoming from the manufacturers.
Braunschweig R. Drugs and Intravenous Infusion Filters. JAMA. 1981;245(2):129. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310270011013
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