saline flush ..Joint Commission - page 4

Hello...At your facility are you allowed to stock saline flushes in an unlocked storage container in a patients room? Does the Joint Commission view these as a med or a medical device? I went on the... Read More

  1. by   healthstar
    Quote from RockinChick66
    We keep ours in the med room in a large drawer. I grab a bunch of flushes and keep them in the bottom drawer of my COW and restock as needed.
    It's still called COW in some places? Hmm. We call it WOW, this is because patients thought we were referring to patients when we said COW
  2. by   Rhi007
    At each nursing station there's a bunch of shelves and each area has a designated use so IV and blood draws etc this includes saline flushes so we have access and there's no need for hunting, no ours aren't locked up.....
  3. by   Jenni811
    Quote from healthstar

    It's still called COW in some places? Hmm. We call it WOW, this is because patients thought we were referring to patients when we said COW

    Hahahhahaha I leterally bust out laughing. Can you imagine? Patients over hearing nurses talk in the halls.... "That stupid Cow down the hall has got to go." Or.... "COME ON COW! you are way to slow for me. Get going. I got things to do."
  4. by   Catzilla
    In addition to COW and WOW, I've heard BMW. Big Mobile Workstation. :0)
  5. by   wannabecnl
    So, in hospitals that lock up the saline and/or make you scan it, does it require an order? Can you enter that order as a nurse? I can't even imagine the logistics of that. The only flushes we have to scan are heparin flushes for central lines, and those are kept in the Pyxis (heparin in any form is considered a medication).
  6. by   WeepingAngel
    Quote from Catzilla
    In addition to COW and WOW, I've heard BMW. Big Mobile Workstation. :0)
    I like it!
  7. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from wannabecnl
    So, in hospitals that lock up the saline and/or make you scan it, does it require an order? Can you enter that order as a nurse? I can't even imagine the logistics of that. The only flushes we have to scan are heparin flushes for central lines, and those are kept in the Pyxis (heparin in any form is considered a medication).
    We don't need an order, we just need to take it out under the patient's name. There's an override option to take it out as floor stock if you get to the omnicell and can't remember the patient's name.
  8. by   PediLove2147
    They are "locked" up in the clean utility closet. The door is never closed so I suppose anyone could walk in and take one. We also have them in the med room. I carry a few in my pocket though. We also scan ours but don't need an order.
  9. by   Racer15
    I work in the ER...we have them in every patient room in a cabinet, that also includes anything and everything you need to start an IV. The cabinets are not locked. It's really handy, especially with as many times a day as I'm starting IVs, flushing them, pushing meds, etc...can't imagine having to go to the med room every dang time I needed to flush an IV.

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