Would you give a drug someone else pulled from a pyxis?

  1. 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 have no way of confirming what exactly it is...(that should be obvious)
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   SionainnRN
    We do it all the time in my ED cause we get pulled away in the middle of things for emergencies.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    At the facility where I work, the night shift nursing staff pulls all of day shift's a.m. meds and leaves them in a locked medication cart. Management's rationale is that "day shift is too busy to pull the morning medications."
  5. by   eatmysoxRN
    Sure. Why not?

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  6. by   Genista
    I don't see why not, either. If it is still in the packaging & you check the EMAR, why not?
  7. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    At the facility where I work, the night shift nursing staff pulls all of day shift's a.m. meds and leaves them in a locked medication cart. Management's rationale is that "day shift is too busy to pull the morning medications."
    are the meds still in labeled blister packs? Or are they just cups full of pills? I would feel really, really uncomfortable passing a cup of pills set up by another nurse. And I'd be uncomfortable as the night nurse having to set up meds I wouldn't pass....
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    are the meds still in labeled blister packs? Or are they just cups full of pills? I would feel really, really uncomfortable passing a cup of pills set up by another nurse. And I'd be uncomfortable as the night nurse having to set up meds I wouldn't pass....
    The meds pulled from the Pyxis are still in their blister packs and unopened. Night shift pulls them and day shift is responsible for setting them up and administering them.
  9. by   ohioSICUrn
    Of course I feel comfortable.

    Ex. If I'm in an isolation room and the patient wants a narcotic of some sort I refuse to un gown and go through the process, I'd rather have a coworker hand it to me to be administered . Make sense?
  10. by   Caffeine_IV
    Yes if it is unopened.
  11. by   Sun0408
    In the scenario above, of coarse. Many of us "pull" meds for our co-worker that are in rooms or dealing with situations and can't leave the pt..
  12. by   Rose_Queen
    As long as it's not opened. It's not uncommon for our floater RN or surg tech to be pulling the medications for the next surgical case while we're finishing up the previous one.
  13. by   sharpeimom
    Sure, as long as the blister pack is intact. In a pill cup? No way!
  14. by   FlorenceNtheMachine
    Yes, of course. If someone is that sly and can tamper a medication and reblister(?) the package, how could I possibly compete with that mastermind?

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