Sooo many crushed meds...

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    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 with is that ALOT of the residents get ALL their meds crushed. I know they have swallowing problems but even drugs that shouldn't be crushed are. I just read an article about how this can be dangerous for some meds, and I am nervous that something may happen down the road and I will be at fault for crushing meds when they shouldn't be crushed... even though everyone does it.

    How should I handle this?

    Bea
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    Contact your pharmacy and see if the meds that shouldn't be crushed come in liquid form.
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    I thought about that, but I guess I'm really wondering why veteran nurses are still doing this? I'm the new girl that has to come in and "shake things up"?
    Last edit by beatrice1 on Nov 17, '11 : Reason: spelling
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    the veterans are doing it out of ignorance or "because everyone else does". Ask the pharmacy to supply you with a list of meds that should not be crushed. You may be surprised. Then let your DON see the list and perhaps post it. Metformin is one that should not be crushed.
    LockportRN and michelle126 like this.
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    Noooo, don't do it just because everyone else does. You can really hurt someone if you crush the wrong med (potassium comes to mind, eep!) There is always some other alternative. Call the pharmacy or doc for sure.
    LockportRN likes this.
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    I see this at work too but the fact is that many of the meds I am giving do not come in liquid form or the patient cannot swallow liquids.Usually our choice is give them crushed or they don't get them at all.
    joanna73, hoopschick, yooperPN, and 2 others like this.
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    You can always add the meds to water that say "do not crush" but I must say In my 4 years of nursing not a SINGLE DARN PERSON has died because their med's were crushed. Just Sayin!!
    joanna73, egglady, Forever Sunshine, and 4 others like this.
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    Its usually the sustained release/extended release type of meds that shouldnt be crushed. Most other meds are ok.
    LockportRN and sweetnurse63 like this.
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    You can't really get many "do not crush" meds in liquid form, as it is the enteric coating that creates the extended release. The physicians should be asked to switch the patient to another med that is comparable in function but with different dosing (if possible).
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    Quote from cindyloowho
    You can't really get many "do not crush" meds in liquid form, as it is the enteric coating that creates the extended release. The physicians should be asked to switch the patient to another med that is comparable in function but with different dosing (if possible).
    Yes and crushing enteric-coated meds or other meds that shouldn't be crushed was something the state was specifically checking for during our last survey...and of course they observed the nurse doing just that.

    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.
    hoopschick and loriangel14 like this.


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