saline flush ..Joint Commission - page 4

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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 JC site but could not find... Read More


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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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