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"Over the last years, several societies, mainly parenteral nutrition societies, made recommendations regarding the use of IV in-line filters" Pall (2022).
IV filter recommendations differ between clinical societies

Extract:

Over the last years, several societies, mainly parenteral nutrition societies, made recommendations regarding the use of IV in-line filters. Interestingly, the situation is not as clear or uniform as expected, and the recommendations vary widely from society to society.

In summary:

  • Overall, particulate matter (followed by air and microorganisms) seem to drive IV in-line filter recommendations
  • 5 in 8 guidelines recommend using 0.2 µm and 1.2 µm IV in-line filters 4 in 8 guidelines are written by Parenteral Nutrition Societies
  • Only 1 in 8 guidelines evaluates the risk of protein aggregates and refers to the manufacturer’s instructions for use regarding correct IV in-line filter selection
  • Only 1 in 8 guidelines evaluates the risk of endotoxin and enlarged lipid droplets as a reason for using an IV in-line filter
  • 0 in 8 guidelines consider all potential risks of infusion management, such as particulate matter, air, microorganisms, endotoxin, enlarged lipid droplets and protein aggregates.