What do you bring home with you?

  1. I just had to laugh -- today I noticed that there are piles of alcohol packets from work all over house.

    Then I noticed that I also have an IV end cap rattling around on my dresser.

    I have also brought home: 2X2's, a tourniquet, unlimited tape rolls, 10mg of Lasix (half tablet), butterfly needles, and once, to my husband's utter horror, a 16 gauge IV catherter.

    If I didn't work insane hours in an ER, I'd think I had some odd form of kleptomania, but I guess it's just a bad habit of not cleaning out my pockets before I leave work.

    What else gets brought home? Besides the c-diff and VRE, of course!
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  2. 53 Comments

  3. by   theblondeone
    Alcohol wipes and saline flushes are the decorations in my living room! I swear, I don't mean to steal them..LOL
  4. by   leslie :-D
    one time i found someone's neb tx in my pocket and someone's upper dentures. also lancets, syringes, etoh wipes, ekg leads and 2x2 tagederms...
  5. by   Dr. Gonzo
    I take syringes to practice poking my neighbor
  6. by   FROGGYLEGS
    definitely tape and alcohol preps and some neosporin.

    I did have half a bottle of insulin.

    The strangest thing I can think of was a syringe with glucagon drawn up in it. (not a dirty needle though, lol.) I probably would've gotten some shocked looks if I'd pulled that out of my pocket somewhere else.

    KY Jelly in the individual packets too...that might scare some folks. :chuckle
  7. by   camay1221_RN
    Let's not forget all the pens from the many different drug companies!!

    I have also found I, inadvertently, brought home one of the security tags from a newborn I had discharged during my shift. Then, there were the cord clamp removers, a tube of Lansinoh, always kept one in my pocket for the BF mom who didn't have one. A tube or two of vasoline, here and there. Then the usuals, some of you have already mentioned, alcohol, IV caps, etc.

    Yep, I am an accidental klepto, also!!:chuckle


    Quote from FROGGYLEGS
    definitely tape and alcohol preps and some neosporin.

    I did have half a bottle of insulin.

    The strangest thing I can think of was a syringe with glucagon drawn up in it. (not a dirty needle though, lol.) I probably would've gotten some shocked looks if I'd pulled that out of my pocket somewhere else.

    KY Jelly in the individual packets too...that might scare some folks. :chuckle
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    Renee...can I ask you this? How did the security tag get off the floor without setting off an alarm? Or wasn't it one of those?
  9. by   RoadRunner
    Besides the usual all-the-above, I once went back home with the keys of the narcos cabinet of my unit. The hospital had to change the locks on the cabinet and they charged me with the bill...

    Very very funny... not to mentionned embarrasing!
  10. by   Heartattaq
    ETOH wipes. #16 gauge angiocath, 3 bottles of Lovenox, 1 bottle of humulin N, an empty bottle of Cefazolin, some 2x2's and 4x4s, a 4-0 silk suture, some Saline flush syringes. a couple of IV end caps, a NG tube stopper, a bottle of lidocaine, some EMLA patches..........................


    Wow I think I will stop there. I could have a pretty nice First Aid kit.
  11. by   IamRN
    Quote from RoadRunner
    Besides the usual all-the-above, I once went back home with the keys of the narcos cabinet of my unit. The hospital had to change the locks on the cabinet and they charged me with the bill...
    Yikes! :uhoh21: Couldn't they have just picked up the phone to call you for them???
    Last edit by IamRN on Apr 29, '04
  12. by   IamRN
    Quote from CNM2B
    Renee...can I ask you this? How did the security tag get off the floor without setting off an alarm? Or wasn't it one of those?
    I had the same thought/question???
  13. by   Tweety
    I just checked around, I have alcohol wipes, pen lights, and a green "Christmas tree" (oxygen thingie you connect the nasal cannula to).
  14. by   bellehill
    Alcohol swabs, tape, touniquets, hemostats, bandage scissors. I washed a heparin vial in the laundry.

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