glucometer /infection control - page 3

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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    As of six months ago, this wasn't a requirement in PA for LTC. Not sure if that's the case today.

    Ironically, it was -- and still is -- for AL. Go figure.
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    Quote from kmarie724
    Pretty soon we'll have to shower and change clothes in between every resident we come in contact with.
    Better yet...

    "Hi there, I've come to do your finger stick!"
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    Ha-ha.
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    We just got the "new" policy a few weeks ago.. NO Alcohol on Gluc. Has to be bleach sanitizer, have to lay out on a paper towel and wait 2 minutes to dry. Also requires a couple of glove changes. 14 of my 30 Residents are diabetic.. I have 2 finger sticks per shift... We are not allowed to take the med or tx cart into Res. rooms so I just hold it in my hand, it never touches anything, even the Res, or the Res. blood.

    I do like the idea of 2 glucometers per cart, to save waiting time..
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    We got a "newer" new policy last week.Seems they actually found a product that does not have to sit on the unit for FIVE minutes. We now first wipe the unit with an alcohol wipe and then a chlorox wipe and wait TWO minutes.That's do-able but still over kill IMHO with a glucometer that never touches anything-not even a table. At least the surveyors might believe we actually do it routinely. I'm on a 42 bed unit and we only have 8 finger sticks in the am so we are sticking with one glucometer-Our meal trays are staggered-hhalf the unit at a time so it works pretty well. DOH is due any minute-whoopee.....
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    If the glucometer is terminally cleaned at the end of each shift and then wiped down between residents- what is the problem? I am a surveyor- I don't understand...I watch this all the time. Am I missing something?
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    Quote from debRN0417
    If the glucometer is terminally cleaned at the end of each shift and then wiped down between residents- what is the problem? I am a surveyor- I don't understand...I watch this all the time. Am I missing something?
    Wiped down with what between residents is the issue. I have always routinely wiped it down with an alcohol pad simply because I, well, spe stuff down with alcohol a lot. Now some of us are being told that that isn't enough. We don't HAVE two minutes between patients during an ac med pass.
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    In Massachusetts the 'it' tag this year was supposed to be infection control. I called the company which makes the glucometers we use. We wipe them down with non-chlorine wipes but no where did it say to let it sit for 2 or 3 or 5 minutes between residents. It wasn't an issue at all during my recent survey.
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    I'm in PA and we were told we need to wipe our glucometers down in between residents. We were given alcohol based wipes.

    Does anyone have the actual regs or the place to find them?
    Anyone have any product names that they use and want to share?
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    Quote from michelle126
    I'm in PA and we were told we need to wipe our glucometers down in between residents. We were given alcohol based wipes.

    Does anyone have the actual regs or the place to find them?
    Anyone have any product names that they use and want to share?

    We are using Clorox wipes


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