Would you give a drug someone else pulled from a pyxis? - page 3
For example: if they handed you a pill still in the wrapper? You know it's the right pt/right med etc....there is an EMAR record. I'm NOT talking about giving a syringe full of a medicine you... Read More
Feb 12, '13Absolutely. I've done it before, in fact, and it can be very safe if you follow the normal precautions that you'd take had you pulled the meds yourself (ie, don't use them if the blister pack is opened, do your 3 checks, etc).
However, the time I gave meds that were pulled by another nurse, I caught an error in the med pass while checking the meds (still in their blister packs) against the EMAR, so don't assume anything!
Feb 12, '13I thought this was a pretty cut and dried thread. Yes or no. I'd give the med if it were still wrapped, just like everybody else. I've done it before.
Then I thought about incidences when I've given a med for somebody else. If it's anything that lowers pressure, I want to know that's not a problem. Since I trust all the nurses I work with, "It's ok" works for me.
If I was asked to give Coumadin, I'd have to know the INR.
There are drugs that aren't as simple as giving a Tylenol, and require a little investigation.
Feb 13, '13I work in the ED, I have given vaccines/push meds in trauma situations that other RNs have drawn up, so yes. Now in a non-trauma situation...only if it were in the original packaging.