glucometer /infection control - page 2

by ktwlpn

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Have you all heard that this is a major issue this year with the DOH? We have 1 glucometer on each unit -6 finger sticks before breakfast and our trays arrive at 7:00. We now have glucometer wipoes that contain bleach. Our QI... Read More


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    Quote from Muffy5
    They didn't stop with glucometers for us! We have to disinfect everything, including lifts, BP cuffs, etc...We were only told 2 minutes to let it dry though. Everyone has their own glucometer now thank goodness, so a little less time consuming..
    Us too! Pretty soon we'll have to shower and change clothes in between every resident we come in contact with. We have 2 glucometers for each hallway now, so we can use one while the other is drying. I think it's crazy that they're so worried about the BP cuffs but things like doorknobs and hand rails aren't disenfected on any kind of regular schedule that I'm aware of. But I don't want to bring it up for fear that will be next!
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    We just finished survey. Infection control wasn't even mentioned and I know they knew we used a glucometer because they were all over our sliding scale insulin documentation. We never use bleach in long term care here. I called the company that makes the glucometers and had them send me a sheet on the proper way to disinfect...NO alcohol on the machine. It ruins the sensor. I was ready but the DPH had other priorities.
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    Luckily we have multiple glucometers on my unit. I don't wipe them down after each use but after I'm done checking all of the blood sugars that I need to check I wipe them down with bleach wipes. I'm very careful with where I place the meter in the patient's room. I don't take the whole glucometer box in there, either - I just take a lancet, a strip, an alcohol pad and a cotton ball with me and the meter to the room.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    I called the company that makes the glucometers and had them send me a sheet on the proper way to disinfect...NO alcohol on the machine. It ruins the sensor. I was ready but the DPH had other priorities.
    Well, crap. I have always, even before the new tags being issued, wiped it down with an alcohol pad between uses.

    To everyone wondering about the other items: the concern is blood-borne pathogens. And I always wipe down my steth before and after use, same with my bandage scissors and clamps and sometimes the cuff on the sphyg.
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    Well I better check out the manufactures recommendations tomorrow....we use alcohol wipes b/t use on the glucometers. Housekeeping does disinfect the handrails and door knobs though already. We also clean blood pressure cuffs when visibly soiled. Getting ready to review my infection control policy and procedures for it's yearly review , so may as well make sure I get all of this covered.
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    Quote from ktwlpn
    During a mock survey recently a nurse dropped a pill on the floor,picked it up and BLEW ON IT then proceeded to administer it to the res.
    Well come on, if you blow the floor germs off, it should be ok right?
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    I know at one time, I was told that we could put the glucometer in a biohazard bag, so that it was covered, when we went into contact precautions rooms. That would "protect" it. Maybe that would be an option instead of waiting 5 minutes between sugars?
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    We just finished survey. Infection control wasn't even mentioned and I know they knew we used a glucometer because they were all over our sliding scale insulin documentation. We never use bleach in long term care here. I called the company that makes the glucometers and had them send me a sheet on the proper way to disinfect...NO alcohol on the machine. It ruins the sensor. I was ready but the DPH had other priorities.
    That's just the way it goes- We'll spin our wheels for the next month or so and then when they show up they won't mention it...That will be a laugh
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    My state has posted all over that we will be given an IJ if glucometers not properly sanitized. That is just nuts! AN IJ!?!

    I haven't been thru survey yet and so far haven't heard of any nearby facilities getting tagged for this - fingers crossed.
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    Facilities in NYS have been tagged. The DON finally issued a policy yesterday.
    wooh likes this.


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