Introduction

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has established a Special Interest Group (SIG) to gain more knowledge of thecurrent and future use of prefilled medicines syringes (PFS) in hospitals.
 
A PFS is a presentation of one or more active medicines, at the required concentration and volume, in the final syringe and ready for parenteral administration to the patient. PFS are intended to reduce error and minimise the time taken to prepare parenteral medicine by staff in clinical areas. PFS are manufactured/prepared by pharmaceutical industry or hospital pharmacies.
 
Several additional benefits and some disadvantages have been reported for PFS. The SIG is preparing a comprehensive literature review on PFS.
 
Usage of PFS in hospitals in North America has been considerably larger than in Europe for many years. Recently the use of PFS in some European countries has increased.
 
This survey has been designed  to collect the views and opinions of a range of health professionals and managers on the current and  future use of PFS. Your participation in completing this survey will assist the SIG with the preparation of a report for EAHP and other stakeholders to support the use of PFS in European hospitals.
 
The survey will approximately take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
 
EAHP’s SIG thanks the survey participants in advance for their participation in the survey.

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