Wondering what meds you routinely crush at your sites?
Sep 17, '08
I am sure the meds do burn but where I am it's more that they don't have control..can't see the meds/amt.. Not too long ago most were putting peanut butter in the roofs of their mouths to hide the meds. On one guy the meds fell onto his tongue so now penlights are used for mouth checks. I had one guy who could regurgatate his meds with no problem at all. If they don't want them or to sell their meds they will in the long run. We can only do the best we can on the med runs. I forgot to add that Ultram, Neurontin esp. are crushed. All of the nurses have completed injury reports because to be honest we are breathing in the 'dust' and handling these meds that were not to be crushed in the real world. We are worried with getting asthma/COPD down the road and figure we need help carrying our little O2 bottle around.
Last edit by Steristripqueen on Sep 17, '08
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Quote from afteralltheseyears
Thanks. Inmates are complaining about nortriptyline burning their throat and making their mouth sore. I'm thinking nearly any crushed med will do that if you just take the powder into the mouth and then wash it down with water so I've been telling them to dump the water in powder and then drink the water. Anyone have experience with this?
That works, but there is sometimes powder residue, left in the cup, (if you put the powdered med in a cup of water). In that case they have to add more water to the cup, to get all of the med..It depends on how much time they have , to take the med.LOL I have approximately 110 inmates in my night medline, the officers, who do the mouth checks, usually want them to do the swallow,they look, & hit the road, routine.:chuckle
We use a pill crushing system, where the pill is placed in a plastic pouch,crushed via the crusher, then put in a souffle cup..There is minimal dust, but yes there is a concern,about breathing the dust....It's too bad any of then, have to be crushed
Last edit by aknurs on Sep 20, '08
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