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Hmm - our pill crusher has itsy bitsy envelopes that you put the meds into and then crush them. The machine itself doesn't even touch the pills.
I wish we had one of those. They had one at the nursing home where I did clinicals when I was in school, and it was so much nicer!
We have the twist-top kinds. You put the pill in and twist the top until it crushes. Unfortunately, it stciks really bad, so half the time, you get the pill crushed but then can't get it out. And then when we can't find the crusher, we just leave the pills in their unit-dose envelopes and pound the crap out of them with whatever we can find.
I always wash the twisty one, but as far as I know, we don't have a policy about it. But there have been many times when I walked in to find it coated with who knows what becasue the person before me didn't take 2 seconds to wash it.