What' s in your Pt's Go-Bag?

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    I'm just curious.

    Some people have suction caths,diapers,chux,extra meds,extra change of clothes,extra formula,extra gtubes in addtion to the extra trach(one sixe larger,one the same size,and one smaller) and the ambubag.


    In our go bags its usually just the trachs,Ambubag,trach ties,obturators,saline,and sterile h2o.
    When we go out we bring the go bag plus a bigger bag with all the extra goodies.
    But I don't consider that a go bag.

    When your pt goes to the ER do you include clothes,meds,extra gtubes,and portable suction machines with you(assuming you are able to go to the ER).

    It never occured to me to give meds while the pt is waiting in the ER to get admitted.
    I don't give the pt their scheduled meds because I'm thinking maybe they might want to run tests in the ER.

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    Quote from smartnurse1982
    I'm just curious.

    Some people have suction caths,diapers,chux,extra meds,extra change of clothes,extra formula,extra gtubes in addtion to the extra trach(one sixe larger,one the same size,and one smaller) and the ambubag.

    In our go bags its usually just the trachs,Ambubag,trach ties,obturators,saline,and sterile h2o.
    When we go out we bring the go bag plus a bigger bag with all the extra goodies.
    But I don't consider that a go bag.

    When your pt goes to the ER do you include clothes,meds,extra gtubes,and portable suction machines with you(assuming you are able to go to the ER).

    It never occured to me to give meds while the pt is waiting in the ER to get admitted.
    I don't give the pt their scheduled meds because I'm thinking maybe they might want to run tests in the ER.
    Go bag has emergency back up items based on the pt needs. Diapers and clothes are nice, but probably aren't life saving items.

    Meds should be given unless you get an order to hold the meds or the parent refuses. I mean if it's just a vitamin, it may not hurt. But skipping insulin or BP meds could be bad. But by the book, let the parent refuse or get an order.
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    I don't know. We never go anywhere! (I work nights..)
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    Quote from Elle23
    I don't know. We never go anywhere! (I work nights..)

    Haha....me too.
    I've worked nights my whole working career,even before nursing,ever since I was 18!

    I usually just check it anyway.
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    I'm talking about while the pt is waiting in the ER.

    Say we they got to the ER at 2am,and neurontin is due at 3am.

    You still give that med?
    I usually hold it. Of course,I also give the hospital staff the MAR and facesheet.
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    Here was ours which was our go-bag/diaper bag

    Outermost compartment had a plastic bag with:
    Trach tube, usual size
    Trach tube, downsize
    Scissors
    2 precut trach ties
    2 packs lube
    1 chux pad (in case you have to do this on the floor)
    Saline flushes with saline for filling balloon
    An empty 10mL syringe for deflating syringe
    Suction catheter
    4x4s
    1 clean obturator

    Other outermost pocket:
    Insulated container for cold medications
    Insulated container for room temp medications

    Inside (very organized in pouches and sections)

    Wipes
    3 diapers
    change of clothes
    3 chux pads

    Syringes (60, 20, 10, 5, 3, 1ml)
    1 can of formula
    1 bottle of water
    Mickey extension set

    G-tube kit
    Chux pad
    Lube
    4x4s

    Scissors
    First aid kit
    Bulb syringe
    Manual suction pump
    Neosporin
    10x30 sterile pad
    4x4 sterile
    tape

    Vent circuit
    Pulse ox sensor

    Lip balm
    Eye drops
    Minty or lemony mouth swabs
    Lotion

    (for me)
    sanitary pads
    lip balm
    $40 in small bills
    1 roll of quarters
    toothbrush and toothpaste
    nailclippers
    tissues
    notepad and pen

    HMEs
    Swivel
    Omni-flex
    Trach care stuff (pre-cut tie, saline bullets, 2x2 drain sponges, 4x4s, lube, cotton swabs)
    Oxygen tubing
    Suction catheters (Yankauer, trach, neotech)

    Ambubag
    Occlusive dressings
    Mask

    500ml sterile water
    Gloves
    2 large plastic ziploc bags
    emmylue72 likes this.
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    What do you all mean, you don't check it? What if something were missing/borrowed and wasn't returned? You don't have time in a real emergency to run all over the room finding things. And people for whatever reason take stuff out of the go bag all the time. Also, I chart at the end of my shift that the go bag is stocked and ready. I wouldn't want to be blamed for a missing item after my shift if something went wrong!
    emmylue72 and poppycat like this.
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    OP - did you really mean a size LARGER trach? How would you obtain that? And why?
    poppycat and KelRN215 like this.
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    Quote from ventmommy
    Here was ours which was our go-bag/diaper bag Outermost compartment had a plastic bag with: Trach tube, usual size Trach tube, downsize Scissors 2 precut trach ties 2 packs lube 1 chux pad (in case you have to do this on the floor) Saline flushes with saline for filling balloon An empty 10mL syringe for deflating syringe Suction catheter 4x4s 1 clean obturator Other outermost pocket: Insulated container for cold medications Insulated container for room temp medications Inside (very organized in pouches and sections) Wipes 3 diapers change of clothes 3 chux pads Syringes (60, 20, 10, 5, 3, 1ml) 1 can of formula 1 bottle of water Mickey extension set G-tube kit Chux pad Lube 4x4s Scissors First aid kit Bulb syringe Manual suction pump Neosporin 10x30 sterile pad 4x4 sterile tape Vent circuit Pulse ox sensor Lip balm Eye drops Minty or lemony mouth swabs Lotion (for me) sanitary pads lip balm $40 in small bills 1 roll of quarters toothbrush and toothpaste nailclippers tissues notepad and pen HMEs Swivel Omni-flex Trach care stuff (pre-cut tie, saline bullets, 2x2 drain sponges, 4x4s, lube, cotton swabs) Oxygen tubing Suction catheters (Yankauer, trach, neotech) Ambubag Occlusive dressings Mask 500ml sterile water Gloves 2 large plastic ziploc bags

    You are awesome and I would have been honored to work with your family.

    This is similar to the go bags for my primary patient (except the trach/vent items as not a t/v kiddo just multiple other complexities that make my patient medically complex/fragile). We have 2 go bags one for school & one in the home closet. We also keep a foley & bottles of sterile water in case there is an issue with the GB. In addition to bottles of Pedialyte and the components to make a weeks worth of his custom enteral formula. Parents have a DC fridge they keep in the van for longer trips or emergent evacuation (we live in a flood zone).
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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    OP - did you really mean a size LARGER trach? How would you obtain that? And why?
    I know yrs ago,some companies used to tell us to have a larger size trach,a sma e size trach,and a downsized trach.
    I was never sure of the reason why we would need a larger trach,but as I understand it many don't recommend a larger size trach anymore. Most just have the size trach they need and a smaller"downsized" trach for emergencies.
    Some parents still go by the older rules though.


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