Decreasing Medication Passes to BID from TID
- 0Jul 14, '12 by brcomptonI work in a county jail (approx. 120 inmates currently) and since arriving there we have reduced our med passes from four times per day to three. It has allowed for more to be done on days considerably; however, with only two RN's we are still behind on getting our physicals done in a timely manner which is not acceptable to me.
The reason we are unable to complete physicals in a fashionable amount of time is the computer system we currently use now separates the medical intake from the actual physical. There is nothing I can do about the computer system we are using.
I recently recieved a DOC inmate who stated their med passes were only BID. Does anyone have any experience with just doing med passes twice a day? Is it done in any other facilities?
- 1Jul 18, '12 by OrcaI work in a state prison system. We do everything possible to avoid TID medication orders. almost no medications require it, and when we do encounter such an order it is usually of limited duration (no more than seven days). Our mid-day pill pass is insignificant, because the doctors are on board with what we are trying to do.
- 0Aug 10, '12 by Oldest&UgliestI also work in County jail of over 300 inmates. Standard administration is bid with few exceptions. exceptions are for diabetics and withdrawal protocols, some psych medications. others are case by case but in general we stick to bid. We do thorough intake questionaire and VS on every person coming in. physicals are within 2 weeks.
- 0Dec 25, '12 by OldcootRNJust left a position that we PRAYED for only BID passes (600+ inmates). We had a doc that decided that it would be "fun" to watch us run around trying to do QID meds that could have been done BID with no clinical consequenses. He told a mutual friend of mine he did that to keep the nurses busy and to keep them from doing nurse call and making referals to him. Yup, glad I'm gone from that place.