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Correspondence  |   May 1997
Breaking Glass Vials 
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  • Department of Anesthesia, Kaplan Hospital, P.O.B. 1, Rehovot 76100, Israel.
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   May 1997
Breaking Glass Vials 
Anesthesiology 5 1997, Vol.86, 1215. doi:
Anesthesiology 5 1997, Vol.86, 1215. doi:
To the Editor:-Most anesthesia and resuscitation drugs now are supplied in prescratched, easy-to-break vials. However, opening an unscratched vial necessitates the use of a metal file, which is small and not always available, especially during an emergency.
Scratching the neck of one vial with the base of another (Figure 1) allows easy opening of any vial. We have used this method during the past 2 years without any failure. Especially in times of emergency, it may be helpful.
Figure 1. Scratching a glass vial using another one. The base of one vial is applied forcefully to the neck of the vial to be opened, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Moving one vial against the other scratches the vial's neck, allowing easy breakage and opening.
Figure 1. Scratching a glass vial using another one. The base of one vial is applied forcefully to the neck of the vial to be opened, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Moving one vial against the other scratches the vial's neck, allowing easy breakage and opening.
Figure 1. Scratching a glass vial using another one. The base of one vial is applied forcefully to the neck of the vial to be opened, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Moving one vial against the other scratches the vial's neck, allowing easy breakage and opening.
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Yitzhak Cohen, M.D.; Lucio Glantz, M.D.; Tiberiu Ezri, M.D.
Department of Anesthesia; Kaplan Hospital
P.O.B. 1, Rehovot 76100; Israel
(Accepted for publication February 4, 1997.)
Figure 1. Scratching a glass vial using another one. The base of one vial is applied forcefully to the neck of the vial to be opened, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Moving one vial against the other scratches the vial's neck, allowing easy breakage and opening.
Figure 1. Scratching a glass vial using another one. The base of one vial is applied forcefully to the neck of the vial to be opened, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Moving one vial against the other scratches the vial's neck, allowing easy breakage and opening.
Figure 1. Scratching a glass vial using another one. The base of one vial is applied forcefully to the neck of the vial to be opened, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Moving one vial against the other scratches the vial's neck, allowing easy breakage and opening.
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