Sooo many crushed meds... - page 2

I am a new Grad, just started in a LTC facility. I have no complaints about the place, the DON is wonderful, very supportive, I got a great orientation...ect. One thing that I am not comfortable... Read More

  1. Visit  blueyesue profile page
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    Crushing meds can change the way they work. Some even causing toxicity or numbing the mouth posing a choking hazard.

    Here is the list of the ones you shouldn't crush:

    http://www.ismp.org/tools/donotcrush.pdf
    LockportRN and Hospice Nurse LPN like this.
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  3. Visit  Midwest4me profile page
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    The veteran nurses are doing it as a time management tool or just because they're lazy. Both reasons are the wrong reasons. Like others said, check with the pharmacy; get your questions answered and pass meds safely.
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  4. Visit  GLORIAmunchkin72 profile page
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    "What really sucks is when you ask the doc for a form that can be crushed now you're going from a daily med usually to a three or four times daily med which just increases the work load and stress for everyone involved, including the resident who doesn't want to be taking any pills in the first place."

    Definitely need more alternatives...if all the crushed meds were changed to liquids you would have to deal with dozens of little bottles everywhere...
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  5. Visit  Forever Sunshine profile page
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    Quote from GLORIAmunchkin72
    "What really sucks is when you ask the doc for a form that can be crushed now you're going from a daily med usually to a three or four times daily med which just increases the work load and stress for everyone involved, including the resident who doesn't want to be taking any pills in the first place."

    Definitely need more alternatives...if all the crushed meds were changed to liquids you would have to deal with dozens of little bottles everywhere...
    And when one of those bottles spills! Stickiness all over the med cart. I hate liquid meds and the residents hate them even more.
    LockportRN likes this.


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