Just wondering. I work a couple of LTCs and LTACs as agency. Some places have Ultram in their lock boxes and its part of the narc count. Others have it in the regular pill drawer. What is your facility practice, and do you know the rationale for locking it up? Is it a highly diverted pain med?
Thanks for all the replies. Just think its weird that some places count it and some do not. This one place (LTC), I think the doc is in love with ultram coz in a count of 60, 15 are ultrams. Sooo time consuming. But I guess if it prevents diversion, then so be it.
The other strange thing is that the pharmacy (omnicare) sends count sheets with the ultrams in one facility but the same pharmacy does not send the count sheets in another facility where they are not counted. So I guess each facilty has a different pharmacy protocol. Maybe I will speak to a pharmacist one of these days about it.
Last edit by Alibaba on Oct 20, '09
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