Let's talk TRASH! Useless, outdated, OLD equipment or supplies on your unit, that is! - page 4

What's the most useless piece of equipment or stocked supply in your facility or on your unit? What would you replace it with? I thought of this thread when I was drawing up a 3 cc NS flush... Read More

  1. by   wooh
    Lopressor 5mg IV is the worst...major skin lac waiting to happen
    Waiting to happen? I was being rushed by the doc in the room and 2 other patients on the floor needing me, and the stupid thing wouldn't snap for some reason (probably because I was getting stressed about it!) Once it finally did, the alcohol swab package I was using to hold it (which has otherwise always worked great) slipped and I sliced the top of a knuckle open. That thing was still bleeding through dressing after dressing when my shift ended 3 hours later. Finally got one of my friends to put such a tight dressing on that the tip of my finger turned blue before I took it off (stopped the bleeding though!)
    It's not so much old equipment that gets me, it's not having what I need at all! Heck, nasal cannulas for babies having to be searched for when you've got a baby desatting to the low 80s. Every Sunday night it's a floor to floor search for piggyback tubing. And goodness, if you need traction equipment, it's a floor to floor search for enough stuff to rig up a close proximity to what you actually wanted.
  2. by   MarcusKspn
    When I worked in surgery at my old hospital we did a clean-up of the department. Stocked away in the back corner of one of our supply closets we ran accross 30cc medicine cups and UA containers made out of thick heavy glass. We quickly divided them up between us and it was "EBAY here we come!"
  3. by   Forcemaster
    Quote from Rayrae
    I wish we could get rid of those glass ampules you have to break the top off to get to the med. Why DO certain meds still only come in that kind of packaging? There must be a reason.
    There is actually a very valid scientific reason why some medicines still come in glass ampules.

    Basically some of the medications interact with plastic, affecting their chemical structure and long term viability...

    The basis of the science (and you will have to forgive me if this is not quite right but im a nurse, not a chemist ) is that plastic is an organic compound (They are composed of organic condensation or addition polymers) which means they can interact on the chemical level with their environment. This is not a consideration with plastic equipment becuase it can be made of tougher plastics with different additives (like silicone) that are more stable and resistant to environmental factors... but the plastic ampules are, by necesity thiner and easier to break, which means that their molecular structure needs to be less stable... which means it has a greater chance of interacting with the medications it is supposed to hold.

    You dont get this problem with glass because it is a uniform amorphous solid that is essentially inert and quite strong.

    If you really have that much trouble with them, try investing in an ampule opener... they take a little practice but on the unscored glass ampules, they really work.
    Last edit by Forcemaster on Jan 6, '06 : Reason: *forgot to add a title*
  4. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    The Hoya (sp?) Lifts....the poor patients dangle from a sling looking like a large wild animal that has been tranquilized and air lifted back to the wild.
    now that's funny, right ther'
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And goodness, if you need traction equipment, it's a floor to floor search for enough stuff to rig up a close proximity to what you actually wanted.
    Heck, our ortho pts.' beds have the majority of it. Some of it will be used, not all of it though. It looks like they took the traction supply closet and hung it on the end of the bed. :stone
  6. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    how about the glass bottles for lipids? that metal ring is like a razor-yikes! (do have to admit that recently we have been getting our lipids in regular IV bags...
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    how about the glass bottles for lipids? that metal ring is like a razor-yikes!
    Almost forgot about that ring, it IS dangerous.
  8. by   veegeern
    Quote from wooh
    It's not so much old equipment that gets me, it's not having what I need at all! Heck, nasal cannulas for babies having to be searched for when you've got a baby desatting to the low 80s. Every Sunday night it's a floor to floor search for piggyback tubing. And goodness, if you need traction equipment, it's a floor to floor search for enough stuff to rig up a close proximity to what you actually wanted.
    You must work in my facility!
  9. by   mjmmontana
    documed, any one seen one! The pyxis of 1930!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! meds are in little envelopes and you use a prod thing to get them out
  10. by   ZZTopRN
    Marie LPN:

    You are so funny!!!! I love your sense of humor. I always look forward to reading your posts. Love the little quotes too. Also I admire your level-headedness and intelligence. Good luck with your advancing to an RN. You will be a great one.
  11. by   gravidatwo
    I work for a very high tech hospital with NEW everything.., they have remodled. ..........EXCEPT gowns and robes. They are so thin , it is embarrasing to put them on a patient, you can see through them! They even have the name of the hospital that it USED to be 10 years ago!!!
  12. by   schroeders_piano
    Quote from mjmmontana
    documed, any one seen one! The pyxis of 1930!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! meds are in little envelopes and you use a prod thing to get them out
    I actually work at 2 different facilities that use documeds. We all call it the pyxis wantabe. Hey, it keeps us from having to go to pharmacy to get our meds.
  13. by   StNeotser
    Not equipment exactly but we have an old call light system that beeps when the patient didn't call and doesn't beep when a patient does call. This weekend it didn't make any noise at all we could just tell someone out of 27 rooms had a light on by the light above the nurses station. It could be anywhere down three different halls. I swear it must be illegal to keep that thing in a state of disrepair.

    This isn't equipment as such either, but on nights we cannot get batteries should a pulse ox go dead. They are locked up apparently. They'll trust us with peoples lives, more meds than you can shake a stick at, but a couple of batteries are locked up like they're gold!

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