Hi Correctional nurses.
I work in Australia and am just wondering how you give out your pills. Some of our patients are on a lot of pills, especially those who have Mental Health issues. All the nurses bag up the pills in the dispensary in zip lock bags and write the patients name and number on the bag. Also their cell location. They then go out with the officers and knock on the cell doors and the patients come out and get their pills one by one. I think this is unsafe because we are then unsure of what the pills are by the time we get to the patients. I would prefer to get the pills out of a trolley with the medication order chart while the patient is there and give them that way. At least the orders and pills can be verified. What does everyone else do and how does this work with the pateints and the Corrections Officers. Are there any safety issues?
Many thanks in anticipation