glucometer /infection control - page 4

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... Read More

  1. by   SuesquatchRN
    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.
  2. by   CapeCodMermaid
    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.
  3. by   CoffeeRTC
    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?
  4. by   Nascar nurse
    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
  5. by   Forever Sunshine
    As much to my surprise.. a pack of bleach wipes appeared on my med-cart today, to be used to wipe down the glucometers. They smell terrible.
  6. by   jkaee
    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?
    I had to change our policy this year because of this. I can't remember where the article came from, but surveyors were citing facilities with an Immediate Jeopardy tag because glucometers weren't being clean in between residents.

    This was back in Feb., so I can't remember all the details. I'll look around and see what I can find.
  7. by   Forever Sunshine
    It takes too long for the thing to dry in between fingersticks. I have 1 hour that flies like 10 minutes to get 4 finger sticks, and not all the residents are around.

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