Mic-key problems...... - page 2
Hi there .. Wanted to know if anyone had some tips/tricks on how to get those pesky "beady" meds down G-T's w/ out the clogging up???????... Read More
Jun 2, '03I always thought that when it was in "beads," that it was a time-released medication and should not be crushed or broken? I bet it comes in a liquid/power, or its equivalent does?
Jun 2, '03Originally posted by Flynurse
If I am recalling correctly, Prevacid comes in powder form. Don't quote me on that, but if I were you I would look into it.
I have used applesauce with "beady" medications. It works wonderfully!
If you mix Prevacid with Bicarb it softens the beads and does not clog the tube. The bicarb works like a charm.
Feb 24, '08Old thread, I know, but ongoing problem, obviously. I just did a search to find this, b/c I am dealing with this EVERY WEEK with my students in clinicals, and it is extremely frustrating to be 'on stage' as I am trying to unclog in front a large group of students. I enjoyed hearing the tips (the only one I hadn't heard of was the meat tenderizer... now where would I get that? Dietary? Or do I bring in my own ). Unfortunately I need to be very careful what I do as an instructor, as all eyes are on me, and some students have trouble understanding that this is not something you should do as a general rule, rather, only during desperate measures.
Quote from AudreyfayYou are absolutely right, and I keep trying to explain this to my students, and that even though the staff on our unit does it, that doesn't mean it is right. many of them are time-release, and therefore you are basically giving them a bolus (well, a more rapid acting dose) by opening up that capsule. And they wonder why the Dilantin levels are all screwed up, or BPs are all over the place :icon_rollI always thought that when it was in "beads," that it was a time-released medication and should not be crushed or broken?
I bet it comes in a liquid/power, or its equivalent does?
Last week, we were told by a staff member that the Nexium needs to sit in warm/hot water for 30 minutes to dissolve before you put it in. So there I am policing everyones "science projects' in between meds. The beads did not dissolve, but they did go in easier (or we were just lucky that day). One of my students put it in very hot water, and the beads just clumped together!!
Feb 24, '08I had a peds patient we used mylanta to mix it with (with a doctor's order of course!) Worked great.