Nursing Education for PLO Gel preps

  1. I'm the pharmacy manager at a facility that services a Hospital and LTC. We are starting to use the PLO gel formulations for our hospice and pain managment patients. We are buying these from another pharmacy, not mixing them ourselves. The education coordinator ask me if I had any education info to give the nurses on the use of PLO gel preparation. They know the basics, wear gloves, put on wrist/forearm, Don't give PO even though it says Oral Syringe (yep, we had it happen!)

    I've searched the internet and haven't found anything of great use. Has anyone developed an info sheet that I can use?

    Thanks for ya'lls help on this! For this pharmacist, my main customer is the nurses!!

    Jacquelyn
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  3. by   webblarsk
    Quote from JHS1111RPH
    I'm the pharmacy manager at a facility that services a Hospital and LTC. We are starting to use the PLO gel formulations for our hospice and pain managment patients. We are buying these from another pharmacy, not mixing them ourselves. The education coordinator ask me if I had any education info to give the nurses on the use of PLO gel preparation. They know the basics, wear gloves, put on wrist/forearm, Don't give PO even though it says Oral Syringe (yep, we had it happen!)

    I've searched the internet and haven't found anything of great use. Has anyone developed an info sheet that I can use?

    Thanks for ya'lls help on this! For this pharmacist, my main customer is the nurses!!

    Jacquelyn
    Okay, I give. What is PLO? Am I just brain dead tonight? LOL. :chuckle
  4. by   JHS1111RPH
    Quote from webblarsk
    Okay, I give. What is PLO? Am I just brain dead tonight? LOL. :chuckle
    Pluronic Lecithin Organogel or PLO gel. It is an organic base that is used as a vehicle for the absorption of medications through the skin. Pharmacists compound these for patients where oral administration is not a viable option. We use it in LTC on residents with OBD, Alzhimers, Dementias. Put on a hairless area of the inner arm, they work quite well.

    Most nurses working in the hospice arena are aware of these products.

    Have a great day!

    Jacquelyn
  5. by   tmslaughter
    I developed a self-study packet for the use of compounded medications for our nursing staff when we first started using them. I don't know if it has what you need, but if you send me your email address, I will attach a copy.
    tmslaughter@msn.com
  6. by   webblarsk
    Quote from JHS1111RPH
    Most nurses working in the hospice arena are aware of these products.

    Have a great day!

    Jacquelyn
    As do we in our hospice. But I don't refer to it as PLO nor do my pharmacist when I am speaking to them. Topical Meds is the phrase around here in these parts. LOL. I learn something new everyday.
    Last edit by webblarsk on Dec 16, '05

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