Community Nurses - Transporting Equipment Issues - page 2

by H.R.Logan

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Hello everybody, I would like to start off by explaining my situation, so please read through my post as I would really appreciate your help and input. First off, I am not in the nursing profession, I am actually studying... Read More


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    @Mclennan

    Thank you very much all very useful information, would you be able to fill out the survey linked on the first post? I need more surveys to show as evidence for my project.

    I've heard some horror stories about clients houses before, some are really grimy!

    I'm looking into modular compartments, so you can de/attach what you want to the trolley/bag.

    I really have a problem with the current shoulder straps that are out there, they are no where near comfortable for long journeys or heavy loads.

    I also know exactly what you mean with plastic zippers, they are rubbish!

    As for the 'look' of the product, I'm not trying to make it look purely medical, so it could be used in other professions, but will hopefully be customisable so you can get a kind of individuality about it.

    All of that does help, please if you get the chance, fill out my survey so I can have evidence in that format.

    Thanks!
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    Survey done - please keep us posted!!!
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    Thanks, will do!
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    Another thing that I need to consider is the boot size of cars,
    does anyone have company cars?
    or do you use your own cars?
    what kind of cars do you use?

    Also, I believe some drugs need to be kept chilled, would it be helpful to have this built in? maybe a special box that can be attached and cool packs can be slid in?

    Does anyone know of any material requirements in case of leakages of vials?
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    I used my own tiny car. Believe me, if a bag can't fit in the boot (we call it the "trunk" here in US) then I won't use it! That would be way too large.

    My company policy mandated that we used a special temp-stable, chilled transporter box provided by company for refrigerated meds. This was rare, most patients had their own meds at home in fridge, but I used it quite a bit for vaccinations out in the field. Research the "cold chain" - not sure if a compartment with ice packs would be stable enough to keep meds patent.

    I know the military/EMS here makes their medevac packs out of Kevlar and treated nylon materials that are waterproof and flame resistant.
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    We found a bag we were going to buy, but then our boss purchased the canvas bags for us. I still may go back and buy this bag when my canvas one wears out. It could be hosed out, it would stand up on its own, and it had pockets.
    Garden Bag - Contoured Bottom Garden Tote - Duluth Trading
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    Quote from H.R.Logan
    Another thing that I need to consider is the boot size of cars,
    does anyone have company cars?
    or do you use your own cars?
    what kind of cars do you use?

    Also, I believe some drugs need to be kept chilled, would it be helpful to have this built in? maybe a special box that can be attached and cool packs can be slid in?

    Does anyone know of any material requirements in case of leakages of vials?
    I drive a small SUV. Coincidentally, all the nurses I work with drive SUVs.
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    Sorry for the late reply, been a hectic couple of weeks;

    @mclennan
    So it seems boot(trunk)space is not really an issue, and as for the cooling temps I found this website: http://www.who.int/vaccines-documents/DocsPDF06/847.pdf quite useful, so thank you for suggesting I look into it, I talked to one nurse who said that she usually keeps her vaccines in her fridge at home, but when she takes them out its often in a cool bag surrounded with ice packs, I think this was provided by the company though.

    As for the medevac packs, I've had a look at a couple of military standard ones, useful to know, if you can find out, what is the bag you use called to transport the vaccines?

    @monkeybug
    I can certainly see how and why that is a good bag, lots of good features, definitely something I will have to look into more.
    I assume you have no problems with the boot space with an SUV.

    Again, thanks for all your input so far, I have a lecture later on today, so should have more questions to ask soon.
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    I also have put together a list of possible equipment from my survey results, I'm working on grouping them up at the moment, do you think this would be suitable grouping?

    Files/folders

    Blood BTS
    Blood testing kits
    BP cuff
    Tourniquet

    Plasters box
    Alcohol wipes
    Cotton wool

    Tape
    Scissors
    Sterile packs of dressings

    Hand sanitizer
    Glove box

    Syringes
    Butterfly needles
    Needles

    Blood forms
    Needle prick kit & forms
    Medical leaflets

    Tape measure
    Infant/adult scales

    Charts
    Notebooks
    Stationary

    Demonstration dolls

    Stethoscope

    Technology - Portable DVD player/laptop/tablets/camera

    Medication

    Vaccines

    Misc. items – Keys, phone, money, pepper spray
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    Quote from H.R.Logan
    I also have put together a list of possible equipment from my survey results, I'm working on grouping them up at the moment, do you think this would be suitable grouping?

    Files/folders

    Blood BTS
    Blood testing kits
    BP cuff
    Tourniquet

    Plasters box
    Alcohol wipes
    Cotton wool

    Tape
    Scissors
    Sterile packs of dressings

    Hand sanitizer
    Glove box

    Syringes
    Butterfly needles
    Needles

    Blood forms
    Needle prick kit & forms
    Medical leaflets

    Tape measure
    Infant/adult scales

    Charts
    Notebooks
    Stationary

    Demonstration dolls

    Stethoscope

    Technology - Portable DVD player/laptop/tablets/camera

    Medication

    Vaccines

    Misc. items – Keys, phone, money, pepper spray
    That sounds good. Also, I have to say that "cotton wool and plasters" sound so much cooler than "cotton balls and bandaids"!


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