Leaving Meds at the Bedside? - page 5

Hi everyone Although we are responsible to ensure safe, accurate administration of meds, I have noticed on occasion that some nurses will leave pills wlth the pt, and check on them after. This is... Read More

  1. by   caffeinatednurse
    I had a pt once who took her meds crushed in yogurt. Literally about 20 pills crushed in yogurt. She took probably 1 hr to eat her small 30 ounce cup of yogurt. Needless to say, I did not stand there and watch her eat her cup of yogurt. I did poke my head in the door 2-3 times to make sure she was making "progress" on it, though. My fellow nurses did the same thing w/this pt because we simply did not have an hour to spend on watching her take her meds.

    I've not, to my knowledge, left anything else at the bedside, though. Either they take it then, they refuse it (if a scheduled med) or I bring it back later (if PRN). Given those options, most pt's will go ahead and take their meds.
  2. by   CapeCodMermaid
    We're supposed to stay with someone while they're getting a nebulizer treatment. Out of 20 residents, probably 15 had nebs at least 4 times a day. We ended up writing orders which said: May self administer after nurse sets up. We did an assessment and all was good
  3. by   RNKPCE
    What about the patients that sip their powder potassium in juice like an evening cocktail?
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    The DPH will cite you for that unless you have an order that the resident may self medicate. It is all so ridiculous. No one watches these peeps take their meds at home.....