Minor Questions

  1. If there is already something like this, please let me know, but I thought there could be a thread for minor questions that we would feel silly to start an entire topic for. I know there are a lot of newbie school nurses who cling to this forum so I thought it might be a nice spot for our side concerns.

    An example: do you have your students clean their inhalers after each use? In the hospital, not a single one of my patients EVER did this. None of the students seem especially inclined to do it except for one who does it every time with a tissue.
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   WineRN
    I clean their spacers after each use, and their inhalers when they are sick, but not between every use
  4. by   dakotadenise
    I clean them every friday or end of the week and let them air dry over the weekend.
  5. by   grammy1
    How often do your diabetics change their lancets? I swear, one of mine says she only changes it when it's too dull to draw blood anymore.
  6. by   ruby_jane
    Excellent practice question!

    No to the inhalers (the few I have are "emergency use" as most kids carry theirs). No, because I don't do this with mine at home. Yes to the spacers and yes to nebulizer tubing and mask.
  7. by   WineRN
    Quote from grammy1
    How often do your diabetics change their lancets? I swear, one of mine says she only changes it when it's too dull to draw blood anymore.
    I have the same problem with one of mine!!! I've asked the parent if it's ok if I at least change it weekly and they didn't understand why I wanted to since "they last longer than that"
  8. by   AdobeRN
    I clean spacers, Neb mask/mouthpieces & neb med cup after each use - if it is an older kid 4th/5th grade, I teach them how to do it and they are responsible for cleaning them. I only clean the actual inhaler if it is not working properly.

    A couple of my diabetics use a multi lancet cartridge - they change the cartridge once a week. The others use a single lancet and they change them after each use (most of the time).
  9. by   MrNurse(x2)
    My second grader uses the same lancet all week, tries twenty times to get blood and once she bleeds she flings blood everywhere, then wipes her finger on her shirt. Every suggestion to change lancet, change finger to less calloused or to use tissue is totally ignored. I heard she didn't re-enroll for next year, is it wrong for me to be doing my Snoopy happy dance?
  10. by   SullyRN
    My diabetic kiddos usually change once a week unless they are having a particularly difficult time getting blood. Two of them lick their fingers after checking. Yuck.

    My minor question:
    What did you all say you used to remove ticks, vinegar or vegetable oil? I remember seeing it, but I can't find where and the ticks are bad already in KY.
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  12. by   OldDude
    Quote from SullyRN
    My diabetic kiddos usually change once a week unless they are having a particularly difficult time getting blood. Two of them lick their fingers after checking. Yuck.

    My minor question:
    What did you all say you used to remove ticks, vinegar or vegetable oil? I remember seeing it, but I can't find where and the ticks are bad already in KY.
    I put a drop of soap on a cotton ball. Swirl that on the tick and it'll turn loose; plus you've cleaned the area too.
  13. by   BeckyESRN
    2328527271_5e2fd3f25e2432-jpghttps://cdn.diabetesdaily.com/wp-con...d3f25e2432.jpg
    No reusing lancets or needles! I love this picture, I've shown it to lots of patients and a few students/parents.
    Last edit by BeckyESRN on Apr 21 : Reason: Trying to make the picture appear
  14. by   WineRN
    Quote from BeckyESRN
    2328527271_5e2fd3f25e2432-jpghttps://cdn.diabetesdaily.com/wp-con...d3f25e2432.jpg
    No reusing lancets or needles! I love this picture, I've shown it to lots of patients and a few students/parents.
    Thanks for this! I'm printing it out and doing some pt education!

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