Is Jevity considered "medicine"? - page 3

by tracyIngalls

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Hello all from the confused daughter of a patient. My mom has been on Jevity for 8 years now, fed through a drip all night long, peg site. For years she hooked herself up at night at bedtime etc etc. Now she is in a nursing... Read More


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    Your mother is lucky to have you as not only as her daughter but also as her advocate just now!
    LPN_FTW and NRSKarenRN like this.
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    I'm way late (just came across this thread. What happened to having residence function at their highest level and independence ?
    sharonp30 likes this.
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    I am even later in this post and im almost in tears with what your mother had to go through. I hear people saying dont touch the pump and the nurses might not get to put the feeding quickly cos of no of patient. Im thinking if this lady is willing to start the pump, its one less work for you to do. We do it in Home health all the time.

    I do hope your mum is better now and the wound has healed. And i hope you did report the facility because i do not even want my enemy in this place
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    This story made me tear up as well! I am very sorry this happened to you and your family and I assure you not all nursing facilities are like this one! I was under the impression that though Jevity is not a "medication" it is to be given with the same time restrictions (one hour before or after administration time). Thus not giving it till2-3 hrs later or not at all would be a med error and negligence.... am I right in this thinking? I am a new nurse and only know the policies & procedures for my facility. I was told the Ensure and Glucerna shakes were the same way. I had several residents that would perform procedures on themselves and each had Dr's order stating they could do so. ie: Colostomy bag changes ( of course I would observe to assess stoma site). It just blows my mind that they could not figure out how to use the pump and just left it at that. I had 2 PEG tube residents (and about 30-40 more PO residents!) and being night shift I changed their entire bag/tubing setup every single night! If you can;t figure something out there should be a manager or RN on duty or that can be called to assist! I'm sorry I just had to rant after reading this! I wish your family the best and am really sorry this happened. She is very lucky to have a family like yours.
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    In the hospitals around here (New Mexico) Jevity is concidered a medication... anything going in the body should be don by hospital staff, i.e. RN, LPN.. is your mothers doctor part of the nursing home, or is he/she a private doctor?? If he/she is part of the nursing home staff, then the doctor would be best to talk to the staff because his/her orders are not being brought out. If I were you, as a daughter I would look for any other means to change nursing homes if you have looked at your options and other things are not getting done. If the nursing home does consider Jevity as a medication they should have to administer it within a certain time frame just like "regular" medications.. If your mother needs something like a feeding tube and the staff is unaware how to use it etc, I would not leave her there for the reason that is how she is going to live.. If I may, if you and your sister are staying there all the time to watch the incompetent staff, then why not just take her home?? You might be able to have a home health come in and it be the same price?? not sure, right now I am doing home health and I do tube feedings for my client.. so if you wok full time, maybe you could get a home health company in just for that time. It doesn't have to be a nurse. I am a home health aide. Maybe you should try something like that??
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    These people need reported. As the OP stated on page 1, there are channels you can go through. You should not be expected to hire a nurse while your mother is a pt. there. Jevity is considered a medication and by not administering it properly, that is an error.
    sharonp30 likes this.
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    This thread is very old and the OP long gone, I'm sure, but I would be so very interested to hear how this all turned out.
    Very sad and a lot to be learned from this.
    I wish that family the best, whatever their current situation.
    maelstrom143 likes this.
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    i was always taught that anything that a doctor ordred, o2 etc is a medication.
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    I treat nutrition like medications...all the checks including right time.
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    Talk to the DON there and they can get an order from the doctor and train you , but i m sure they are going to make you sign some papers, after all she is your mom and they cant refuse you.


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