Bag Balm

  1. Does anyone else out there in LTC use Bag Balm in their facilities? Just wondering because we use it but on the can it says for animal use only. It does work on red areas, and we get it from the pharmacy, so I suppose its OK... Let me know if you do or don't...I'd feel much better with a little input...Thanks!
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  3. by   duckie
    We have several very large ladies that we use bag balm on in all their little creases and their skin is in wonderful condition. I highly recommend it and what's even better is that you can get a MKAB order and the CNA's can apply it as often as needed. This is great stuff!!!!!
  4. by   SusanRN2004
    That was a trick I learned in quilting circles for sore fingers..(from poking yourself with a needle hundreds of times while quilting) They also recommended Orvus soap to launder quilts. Orvus is sold as an animal shampoo. At quilt shops and shows you can buy miniature cans of Bag Balm!
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Heck, folks have been using Bag Balm on themselves for YEARS. Best thing around.
  6. by   kids
    I worked in a LTC here in WA and we got dinged in survey about 5 years ago for using it because it is labeled as a veterinary product.

    It is all I ever used on my babies bottoms.
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    i tell my home care clients that if they want to use it when they are doing the care themselves, that's their perogative...but that when we are doing it, or when they are demonstrating profiiciency, that it will not be used as it is not labelled for human use...
  8. by   adrienurse
    Does anyone know what is exactly in bag balm? How different is it to the barrier creams that are currently being used in facilities. Currently, I swear by Calmoseptine ung.
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    Heck, I was told to use it for my *sore parts* when nursing babies....a long time ago....
    by doctors.
  10. by   SusanRN2004
    For adrienurse:

    The ingredients listed are: 8-hydroxy Quinoline sulfate 0.3% in a petrolatum, lanolin base....That was hard, but I managed to read that off of a 1 ounce can!! Had to take the bifocals off and hold the can 4 inched away!
  11. by   adrienurse
    Okay, I don't know about the quinoline part, but this is basically the same as lanolin ung.
  12. by   SusanRN2004
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Okay, I don't know about the quinoline part, but this is basically the same as lanolin ung.

    This is from an on-line dictionary....

    quinoline
    <chemistry> A nitrogenous base, C9H7N obtained as a pungent colourless liquid by the distillation of alkaloids, bones, coal tar, etc. It the nucleus of many organic bodies, especially of certain alkaloids and related substances; hence, by extension, any one of the series of alkaloidal bases of which quinoline proper is the type.

    Alternative forms: chinoline.

    Origin: Quinine + L. Oleum oil + -ine.

    Source: Websters Dictionary
  13. by   night owl
    Bag balm is an excellent product, but it'll cost ya. I paid $4.95 for a tiny one ounce can. I know where I work, the gov't isn't going to shell out the money for it, so we stick with our supply of A&D which works just as well. Had some sample packs of the calmoseptine ung and that stuff is very good also, but again, uncle sam, he ain't a gonna pay for it!
  14. by   adrienurse
    Okay, I just looked it up. Apparently the quinoline sulphate gives it a mild antiseptic quality.

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