Perioperative areas: Labelling

The Perioperative Labelling Poster describes user-applied labelling of medicines and fluids in closed-and open-practice perioperative areas.

Perioperative labelling poster (PDF 3MB)

Specifications for injectable medicine and fluid labels used on perioperative sterile fields were developed through the following evaluations of pre-printed labels.

Evaluation of pre-printed labels for identification of medicines and fluids on the perioperative sterile field (PDF 738KB) 

Evaluation of pre-printed labels for identification of medicines and fluids on the perioperative sterile field, 2nd edition (PDF 2MB) (Word 2MB)

The Commission and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists published a joint statement supporting user-applied labelling standardisation of injectable medicines (PDF 380KB)

Interventional cardiology and radiology: syringe labelling

User-applied labelling of injectable medicines and fluids in interventional medicine was developed by evaluating standardised medicine syringe labels in interventional cardiac catheter and radiology laboratories. The Labelling Standard specifies labels for use on sterile fields in these procedure rooms based on this evaluation.

Labelling Recommendations Evaluation of Standardised Medicine Syringe Labels in Interventional Cardiac Catheter and Radiology Laboratories (PDF 1.22MB) 

Medicine line labels for dedicated continuous infusions

Pre-printed medicine line labels were evaluated in four intensive care units and reported in the Evaluation of standardised medicine line labels for medicine in dedicated continuous infusions,

Evaluation of standardised medicine line labels for medicine in dedicated continuous infusions (PDF 1.4MB)

The Labelling Standard specifies pre-printed medicine line labels for medicines administered by dedicated continuous infusion in all areas, including intensive care. Examples are available in the pre-printed medicine line label guide.

Pre-printed medicine line label guide (PDF 2MB)