Shared Eye Drops between patients

  1. Does anyone "share" eye drops between patients pre-op? If so, how long do you keep the opened drops?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   sharann
    This sounds bad for infection control reasons. Our pre-ops get their own drops I believe and what is not needed later is discarded. They take home the appropriate ones. Do you share eyedrops?
  4. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from switcher
    Does anyone "share" eye drops between patients pre-op? If so, how long do you keep the opened drops?
    Never! To much chance of cross contamination. Never share anything between pts.
  5. by   rollingstone
    I wouldn't do this.
  6. by   IamRN
    No. It goes against everything I have been taught dealing w/infection control.
  7. by   carcha
    We always open a fresh container for each patient, label it and send it back with the patient.
  8. by   odatrn
    We do not share any type of meds between patients. Every thing has to be labeled for that particular patient, so it couldn't be done.
  9. by   HazeK
    Quote from switcher
    Does anyone "share" eye drops between patients pre-op? If so, how long do you keep the opened drops?
    Your facility isn't really doing this, are they? ARGH!

    Infection control & JCACHO would have a fieldday!
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Sharing eyedrops?? In a word: EEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW. :uhoh21:
  11. by   ceecel.dee
    Oh yes....it is done!

    Cataract extraction cases all share the same pre-op med bottles at the 2 hospitals I work in. The same eye surgeon in both places. It's all about money. In fact, if we don't throw away the bottles after all patients are admitted, he will come by and slip them in his pocket to use on his clinic patients! He says, "if you are doing it right, there is no cross-contamination". In theory, he's right...and we are overly careful about it...but I fundamentally and totally disagree with the practice. (The department head of each hospital goes along with him because he is so adamant in his argument, and if anyone became infected, he would blame us instantaneously! Like he does nothing in the least invasive!) (now knocking on wood )
  12. by   angel03
    Quote from ceecel.dee
    Oh yes....it is done!

    Cataract extraction cases all share the same pre-op med bottles at the 2 hospitals I work in. The same eye surgeon in both places. It's all about money. In fact, if we don't throw away the bottles after all patients are admitted, he will come by and slip them in his pocket to use on his clinic patients! He says, "if you are doing it right, there is no cross-contamination". In theory, he's right...and we are overly careful about it...but I fundamentally and totally disagree with the practice. (The department head of each hospital goes along with him because he is so adamant in his argument, and if anyone became infected, he would blame us instantaneously! Like he does nothing in the least invasive!) (now knocking on wood )
    :angel2:what a terrible practice...
  13. by   CIRQL8
    Insurance auditors, medicare and medicaid will have a field day with this, too. You cannot charge a vial (or bottle) of the same medication to multiple patients. Can you say HUGE FINE???


    And from an aspepsis standpoint - I echo the previous EEEWWWWW!!

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