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Acute Dialysis - What do you use to carry your supplies?

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by Fliptobenurse Fliptobenurse (Member)

Fliptobenurse works as a New RN Graduate.

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HI new acute dialysis nurse still in training and hope to be independent by next week. I got my "wands," hose to install on the sink, & wrench and place them in a plastic bag. Is there another way to carry these supplies then using a plastic bag? It is already getting dirty and having holes that my stuff will fall out.

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I went to lowes and got a water proof Milwaukee bag that is just a little larger than a bank deposit bag. It holds my two hose connectors, screw driver, o-rings, pre filter wrench, new unopened blue clamps. I think that's it. Just remember whatever you bring in to patient room needs to be bleached on the way out so get something sturdy 

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Twinmom06 works as a RN.

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wow...that stuff is already attached to our machines.  As for wrenches and such our technical department has simple tools in each acute department in the 6 hospitals we go to.  Are you guys expected to change your own filters on your RO's?  I theoretically know *how* to do it, but that's what tech is for, the nurses are hands off most of that stuff (although we all theoretically know how to do it.)

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rhyde has 40 years experience as a LPN and works as a Dialysis Nurse Educator.

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We  have a small tote that fits between the handle of the portable RO cart & the RO itself.  We used plastic bags, gloves over the ends of hoses, etc. for many years before the tote & new RO's.  You could maybe get a small toolbox as well.  Just head out to the local hardware store and take a look around.  It might give you some ideas.  Good Luck!

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On 2/20/2019 at 9:17 PM, Twinmom06 said:

wow...that stuff is already attached to our machines.  As for wrenches and such our technical department has simple tools in each acute department in the 6 hospitals we go to.  Are you guys expected to change your own filters on your RO's?  I theoretically know *how* to do it, but that's what tech is for, the nurses are hands off most of that stuff (although we all theoretically know how to do it.)

Most of it is attached to our machines as well but things have a habit of growing legs and I dont want to be caught without it. Biomed does a good job with pre-filters and carbon blocks but if poor flow can be an easy quick fix. 

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We put everything in a patient belonging bag: bicart, cartridge, saline, dialyzer and crit pieces. Most nurses keep a wrench in their tote bag where they keep their supplies: gloves, needle packs, gauze, quick clot, etc. The hoses are kept in the machine room and we grab one on the way out and usually hang it on a machine or RO. 

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