Community Nurses - Transporting Equipment Issues - page 3

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... Read More

  1. Visit  H.R.Logan profile page
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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?
  2. Visit  mclennan profile page
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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.
  3. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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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
  4. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  H.R.Logan profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  H.R.Logan profile page
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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
  7. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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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"!
  8. Visit  H.R.Logan profile page
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    Again sorry for the late replies;

    I am currently looking into the storage and transportation of vaccines, I have talked to 2 nurses so far, one says she picks up her vaccines from a pharmacy or similar on the day, for the day, where as the other will often have vaccines for several days and would therefore keep them in the fridge.

    Do you have to keep vaccines for a long period of time?

    One of my ideas is to have a built in refrigerated module, possibly one that you could take out and then put in your fridge when your at home, this would have a power source that would have to be recharged (probably daily).
    Another idea would be to have a special insulated module to keep the required temperature, this may have slots to put the ice/gel packs around the vaccines, but not touching them in case it causes accidental freezing.

    Do you think these would be useful? or would the fact that you already have a vaccine transport bag mean you keep using that? and therefore maybe just an available slot to put them in?

    Although I am aiming to design a trolley, I am also looking into the possibility of it being more of an over-the-shoulder bag, or at least having it as an option. Forgetting the problems that you have had with trolleys and over the shoulder bags in the past, would you prefer a trolley or bag, if they did more-or-less the same thing?
  9. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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    Honestly, I need something with wheels and shoulder straps.
  10. Visit  mclennan profile page
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    We used the AcuTemp vaccine hand carrier. Great product, Google it
  11. Visit  H.R.Logan profile page
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    I'm very sorry I have not kept everyone who has helped up to date, I would of liked to, but its been a hectic few months, my project is near the end now, and while it doesn't look how I imagined it at the start, I am confident that I have come up with a near final design (still a bit of tweaking) I'm not sure if I can post images on here and for obvious reasons I don't want to put the design on the internet yet, however if anyone is interested I would be happy to email them some pictures and a explanation to what I've done, I would also appreciate your feedback as you have all been very helpful throughout this project.
    monkeybug likes this.


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