Home Care: Meds and flushes via g-tube

  1. 0 When giving several meds via g-tube and two 60cc water filled syringes, I alternate meds with water flush. How would you document this? I document: "Meds given via g-tube alternating with 120cc of water flush.
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  3. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    I simply document "G-tube" as the medication route and then record the flush volume as enteral water on the I&O flow sheet.
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    I simply document "G-tube" as the medication route and then record the flush volume as enteral water on the I&O flow sheet.
    We have to write everything in home care nursing where I work, but thanks anyway.
  5. Visit  Fedide profile page
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    Our eMAR has a spot for documenting water given pre and post med. I bypass it if I am giving a water bolus at the same time, because that is the water I am using for the meds. Can you add it to your MAR, or do you have to write a progress note?
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    Quote from nurse4sale
    When giving several meds via g-tube and two 60cc water filled syringes, I alternate meds with water flush. How would you document this? I document: "Meds given via g-tube alternating with 120cc of water flush.
    To me it reads as if you are giving 120 ml flush each time.
  7. Visit  morte profile page
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    If you are doing a narative, step by step.. because ckh23 is correct, it looks like a 120 flush for ea med..
  8. Visit  twopurpleskittles profile page
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    If you want to be clear with the volume of water given I would write it something like this.. Meds given via g-tube mixed with 120cc of water. The word alternating implies that you gave the patient 120cc of water more than once.
  9. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    Quote from nurse4sale
    When giving several meds via g-tube and two 60cc water filled syringes, I alternate meds with water flush. How would you document this? I document: "Meds given via g-tube alternating with 120cc of water flush.
    I might document that like this: "Meds given via g-tube with total flush volume 120cc water, medication alternated with small volume water flush" or like this, "Meds given via g-tube alternating with a small volume water flush, total water flush 120cc."
  10. Visit  edmia profile page
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    Quote from nurse4sale
    When giving several meds via g-tube and two 60cc water filled syringes, I alternate meds with water flush. How would you document this? I document: "Meds given via g-tube alternating with 120cc of water flush.
    I'm not sure why you have to document so much detail as it is just meds flushed with water, but how about:

    Medications given via g-tube with water flushes in between each medication. Total of 120 ml water given.

    (Always use ml as cc is not an approved abbreviation anymore.)

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  11. Visit  nurse4sale profile page
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    Quote from ckh23
    To me it reads as if you are giving 120 ml flush each time.
    So, it would sound better if I documented "alternating with 60ml of water flush"? Hmm, it does sound ambiguous.
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    Quote from nurse4sale

    So, it would sound better if I documented "alternating with 60ml of water flush"? Hmm, it does sound ambiguous.
    Yes, it sounds better that way. I would add the total at the end. "Alternating with 60ml water flush for a total of 120ml."
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