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Bedside Supply Carts

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by S. Huggins S. Huggins (New) New Expert Nurse

Specializes in Women's & Children's Services; Surgical Services. Has 28 years experience.

Does infection control require your department to throw away all the supplies in the bedside cart once a patient has been discharged?

If yes based on what evidence and/or JC regulation?

Nunya, BSN

Specializes in NICU/Mother-Baby/Peds/Mgmt. Has 39 years experience.

We didn't at my last job but you didn't go into the cart once you touched the baby, or you only touched the top. I'd you needed something in a drawer you either asked someone else to get it or you removed your gloves, washed your hands and then got it, regloved, etc.

S. Huggins

Specializes in Women's & Children's Services; Surgical Services. Has 28 years experience.

Thanks for responding. I dont think its common practice for anyone really. Sometimes units get caught up in things and don't know why.