Drug Shortages - page 3

Last week, I spoke with my father about drug shortages - whether they really exist in our hospitals. The brief answer is YES. Drug shortages not only exist in hospitals, but also in "the... Read More

  1. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from janfrn
    ..... We also draw up the entire content of ampoules (Lasix, morphine, fentanyl etc) into a sterile syringe, label it with the patient's name and tape the empty ampoule to the syringe before storing it in the patient's medication bin. Then we can use the whole ampoule over the course of a shift, only wasting at the end of the shift.
    This worries me a touch. Having grown up on the teaching "if you didn't draw it up, you don't administer it", I'm not sure how comfortable I'd feel giving something from a syringe that SAYS it's Lasix/morphine/whatever.....but how do I know that's what it is? Then again, I know the answer is I wouldn't.

    Unless you're talking about only ONE nurse giving from that syringe...? And that way just wasting her own meds at the end of the shift?
  2. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    That's what I'm saying.
  3. by   RNsRWe
    Gotcha. And it makes sense.
  4. by   Cold Stethoscope
    Quote from HM-8404
    What is sad is that so many people, and their lawyers, see the right lawsuit, against the right company, as a retirement plan.
    So then, are there valid cases of malfeasance on the part of corporations, with their fiduciary responsibility strictly to the shareholders, or is that just a bunch of lefty propaganda? If a company decided to cut a safety corner to increase their profit, and that decision costs someone their career, is it tough luck for the victim? Should he just stop whining (if he still has the power of speech)?

    Of course there is abuse of the system, as there is in all human systems. So what is the solution? To blow it up?
  5. by   monsignormitch1
    0.9% Normasaline, simple isotonic salt water that is used on a daily basis on every med - surg floor in if not the world, then this country. Why is it so difficult to keep in stock. Baffled!
  6. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Probably because your inventory control people have determined that in an average supply cycle your unit uses x number of bags, back in the day when patients weren't as ill as they are now, no changes have been made to the standing order, and now you're using 2x number of bags per supply cycle. Our unit has this problem with a number of supply items, one in particular that has been a big problem. The administration has opened 10 more beds and split our unit into two physically separate areas. The base number of urometers has remained unchanged. In the meantime, we've been using manual peritoneal dialysis more and more and a practice change now has us changing the whole PD setup q day. If we have several patients on PD at the same time, we run out of urometers on a regular basis. Our patient care manager didn't understand the problem and when asked to adjust our standard supply, she got even more confused. So on it goes.

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