Do you have to count lyrica at your LTC facility?

  1. 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.
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  3. by   montecarlo64
    yes. Indiana.
  4. by   1busymaniam
    Quote from Blackcat99
    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.
    Yes we count Lyrica every twelve hours........ Russell Roach
  5. by   Reigen
    Ours counts Lyrica and it is placed with other narcotics, and we count coumadin and all antibotics as well....last two prevents missed doses (or so we hope).
  6. by   nyteshade
    Lyrica is a schedule V controlled substance. It is counted.

    http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/sc...s_drugcode.pdf
  7. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks to all. Where I worked in LTC 3 years ago we didn't count it. I like the idea of counting antibiotics. I always find "leftover antibiotics" after antibiotics are dc'd at my current LTC.
  8. by   serenidad2004
    Our lyrica was always in the pyxis in skilled... so yes it was counted
  9. by   Vinniesguy
    Pretty sure here in NSW we don't count it - but we don't keep it as stock unless someone needs it. We don't count antibiotics or coumadin either!
  10. by   LindaB73
    Yep. Lyrica is kept in the narc drawer.
  11. by   CapeCodMermaid
    It's preposterous to count Coumadin and Antibiotics. Why don't you start counting the colace or the digoxin to make sure those are given as well?
  12. by   BrandonLPN
    And who keeps track of how many coumadin pills there "should" be at any given time? With all the split doses and every other day doses, this sounds like a logistical nightmare!
  13. by   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.
  14. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Perhaps the other nurse takes the first several doses out of the e-kit.

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