Pyxis - The Ultimate Fomite - page 4

Our medication machine requires a finger scan. It is not uncommon to see nurses walk up and run their finger on their forehead before scanning their finger. I generally refuse to do this as I try not to touch any part of my face... Read More

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    try wetting your finger tip with a drop of water first, almost always works.
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    Well, I haven't heard anyone say they ruined their pyxis machine by using alcohol (or anything else). That's good news! Perhaps my hospital is a bit off base on this one.
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    Quote from Turtle in scrubs
    Our medication machine requires a finger scan. It is not uncommon to see nurses walk up and run their finger on their forehead before scanning their finger. I generally refuse to do this as I try not to touch any part of my face while working, but am often left mashing my finger in different directions and getting rejected multiple times.

    I just imagine the pyxis as this epicenter of germs on our unit.
    One of the nurses on my unit licks her finger before she scans it on the pyxis. All in all, as often as we all wash our hands, we're all probably gonna be ok.
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    We have this product on top of our Pyxis (works wonders, but not everyone uses it):
    http://www.staples.com/Lee-Sortkwik-...product_371965
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    Quote from MN-Nurse
    One of the nurses on my unit licks her finger before she scans it on the pyxis. All in all, as often as we all wash our hands, we're all probably gonna be ok.
    So true. Very few nurses I know end up in the ICU on vents, losing their jobs, their quality of life, and almost their life; due to a hospital acquired infection. But I doubt the two I've known would say that "probably ok" is good enough.

    On the other hand our patients get nosocomial infections at an alarming rate. Some die. They often get these infections from their nurse passing it on to them. So I think it is worth it to take a look at our practice.
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    Workingspaz: alcohol trick worked 100% of the time yesterday. I am constantly washing my hands with soap and water and degermer. I always had problems at the pyxis with the fingerscan. Wasting too much time trying to get my print to go through. Yesterday, wiped my finger with alcohol pad, dried with paper towel (luckily next to pyxis) and didn't have a problem at all! (immediately washed my hands after using pyxis Maybe buildup from degermer causing all the problems.
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    Quote from littlewingrn
    Workingspaz: alcohol trick worked 100% of the time yesterday. I am constantly washing my hands with soap and water and degermer. I always had problems at the pyxis with the fingerscan. Wasting too much time trying to get my print to go through. Yesterday, wiped my finger with alcohol pad, dried with paper towel (luckily next to pyxis) and didn't have a problem at all! (immediately washed my hands after using pyxis Maybe buildup from degermer causing all the problems.
    if by 'de germer' you mean one of the alcohol based rubs you don't need to do both unless it's part of scrubbing up for a procedure undertaken under 'surgical conditions'

    I also wonder how much of the problem with scanning is down to the devices not being cleaned and degreased adequately on a regular basis - especially in the light of the previous post about environmental load of bacteria etc ...
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    By de-germer, I mean the alcohol based hand wash that everyone is using these days. It tends to build up, so my thoughts are that the buildup is causing the problem? But, I have had the same problem after soap and water too. But, the alcohol worked for me. I didn't want to put the alcohol directly on the scanner, but on my finger instead and dried. Finger scan worked every time and I didn't waste time standing there while the stupid machine beeped at me because it couldn't read my finger print and me getting more frustrated to the point I wanted to shoot it in its little red eye
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    Quote from bjaeram
    Worse yet I've seen people lick their finger before scanning.....sooooo gross!! I do think moisture helps though and I just the alcohol trick. Just get your finger a bit moist and scan!
    a little off topic...but I have noticed alot of salespersons licking their fingers when putting stuff in plastic bags....yeuk.....


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