Do you have to count lyrica at your LTC facility? - page 5

by Blackcat99 | 6,952 Views | 63 Comments

We have to count all of our lyrica at my job every shift. I was curious as to whether this was just something done at my LTC or if there were other facilities that also counted lyrica.... Read More


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    We have a computerized MAR so ATBs are being given now. It's harder to forget to give any pills now. We did count Lyrica with one of the residents but I don't really see the point of it. That's not the first drug I think of that people would steal.
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    Quote from Blackcat99
    Unfortunately, I keep finding at least 7-8 extra antibiotic capsules leftover EACH TIME an antibiotic order is d'cd. It's obvious that the patient is not receiving their entire antibiotics as per doctor's orders. I certainly don't have extra time to count antibiotics but if the patient's are not actually receiving their antibiotics then something needs to be done.
    If the treatment starts with meds pulled from the E kit, and the pharmacy sends what is ordered then there are a few extra. But I would not think 7 or 8....
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    When I worked at a SNF, one patient's cytotec came up missing several times. The DON asked several of us if we know anything about it. She also asked what it was used for. All I knew was that it was used for the stomach. I guess it can also be used to stop a pregnancy. I had learned that in nursing school but didn't really remember the other use. We had to start counting the cytotec every shift because I guess someone was stealing it. It is really unfortunate that someone would do something like that! Plus it just made more work for everyone else.
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    At our faciity, as it should be everywhere, every med taken out of the EDK is documented. One copy is sent to pharmacy, 2 other copies go to 2 different departments of the facility so we can prove that the course of antibiotic was almost finished before we received the med.
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    If the treatment starts with meds pulled from the E kit, and the pharmacy sends what is ordered then there are a few extra. But I would not think 7 or 8....
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    Yes we count lyrica with our narcotics
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    I work at an LTC in california and we count MDI's, ABT's, narcs (obviously), lyrica, belladonna, lidocaine, everything.
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    Nevada- we count Lyrica, but not coumadin and antibiotics, that's seems a waste of precious time.
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    Why in the world would anyone count an inhaler?!?
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    @ CapeCodMermaid- Exactly! It's the dumbest thing and a complete waste of time.
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    yes we do


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