Covering up Medication Patches - page 2
Hello friends, Just wanted to get your take on how you handle medication patches that won't stay on, or get missed when they should be taken off. I find with nitroglycerin, fentanyl patches,... Read More
0Oct 13, '12 by pfongk, CNAWe cover it with basically the adhesive part of primapore (I've had a blank on what it's called) we cut a hole in the middle so you can see the name on the patch then we date the adhesive stuff.
0Oct 13, '12 by turnforthenurseRN, BSNTegaderm or tape.
Patch location should be documented, but that doesn't always mean the nurse pays attention to that. I've come on to see patients with two NTG patches because the nurse before me forgot to take the old one off before applying the new one...thankfully the patient was okay but if it was something like a Fentanyl patch??? I personally like to pass off in report where a medication patch is located if a patient has one. Patients don't always know where they are.
0Oct 15, '12 by prinsessaWe use tegaderm. It drives me crazy when someone applies a patch and doesn't document where they applied it or when. We even have a spot on our eMAR for notes. And the note will stay at the top of the MAR until someone else edits the note (we use EPIC). There have been quite a few times that I don't know a patient has a fentanyl patch until the patient tells me or I actually see it on the patient. So dangerous!