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Carpijet?

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Has 4 years experience.

Hi. I was just wondering if anyone knew where to purchase a "carpijet?" (I don't know if the spelling is correct) but it's the plastic tool that is used to administer iv medications? I truly would appreciate this! thanks

MERRYWIDOW46

Specializes in ER, OR, PACU, TELE, CATH LAB, OPEN HEART. Has 33 years experience.

Does anyone still use those?

I think most of us just take the needle part off and draw the medicaton up in a 10ml flush expelling the volume in the carpijet cartridge so that it is a total of 10ml at the end and inject it then flush with another 10ml.

Let me know if you find any.

PedsDrNurseTheo, ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, RN, EMT-P, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care, Cardiac, EMS. Has 23 years experience.

http://www.remotemedical.com/Carpuject-Holder

Personally, I've found it easier to draw the medication out of the carpuject with a 3cc syringe and a 19 ga. needle, or even a blunt tip. The needleless luer lock on the end of the carpuject just pops off, and you have a rubber diaphragm at the end that you can pierce.

Your mileage may vary.

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I just draw it up in a syringe with a needle. No need to keep up with a carpuject thing then.

AnnaN5

Specializes in AGNP. Has 7 years experience.

Our pharmacy has a whole stash of them so we just call down and ask them to send one up. Do you work at a hospital?

mamamerlee, LPN

Specializes in home health, dialysis, others. Has 35 years experience.

I thought it was Carpiject. But if your facility uses them, either pharmacy or central supply should be carrying them. I'm surprised they are still around, don't know if they meet OSHA safety standards!!! And somewhere, buried deep in drawer, I probably still have one!!!

Since I'm a new nurse, will someone explain this to me? I've always just drawn up with a syringe and needle...is there something else that was once used?

AnnaN5

Specializes in AGNP. Has 7 years experience.

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This is a carpuject. At our hospital all Morphine and Dilaudid comes in the prefilled carpuject syringes that fit into this. I always just put the syringe into the carpuject and use it that way instead of drawing it up into a separate syringe.

May I ask why some would think this doesn't meet OSHA safety standards?

beckyu04

Specializes in Invasive Cardiac/Cath Lab.

I work in a cath lab and we use them all the time. It it much faster than drawing up the meds. I never used one until I began working in the cath lab and now I love them!!

I've used a carpuject when giving IVP meds in prefilled cartridges...I liked using it and it was easier and faster than drawing up the med.

mamamerlee, LPN

Specializes in home health, dialysis, others. Has 35 years experience.

Do newer versions have a retractable needle, or a needle guard? How can you release the barrel without recapping the needle? I remember always having to do a scoop to recap.

mombuxx

Specializes in Med/Surg and Critical Care Stepdown.

Love mine!! Use it all the time. Ours are supplied by pharmacy - just ask! Save alot of time and the waste of tranfering a med to a syringe. Not many nurses use them any more. Always wipe down with alcohol after use.

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

CarpuJect_HOLDER.jpg

This is a carpuject. At our hospital all Morphine and Dilaudid comes in the prefilled carpuject syringes that fit into this. I always just put the syringe into the carpuject and use it that way instead of drawing it up into a separate syringe.

May I ask why some would think this doesn't meet OSHA safety standards?

One concern I have is dragging it room to room with each patient and God-only knows what organisms they have. Syringes nice- whole thing thrown out before it even leaves room.

Our morphine pre-filled syringes come with needle less blunt tip so no worry of sticking oneself or you can remove that and attach a safety glide needle for IM injections for instance.

I am now dating myself! When I was in nursing school, carpujects and tubexes where commonly used. I still have my Tubex injector(after about 20 years!) and still use it every shift. I liked it better than the carpuject. From what I have read, the tubex one is not made anymore. It is much easier and quicker than drawing the med into a syringe. As for room to room, it is not much different that the "nurse on a stick" that goes room to room. Just disinfect it after each use.

XingtheBBB, BSN, RN

Specializes in OR, peds, PALS, ICU, camp, school. Has 20 years experience.

I am now dating myself! When I was in nursing school, carpujects and tubexes where commonly used. I still have my Tubex injector(after about 20 years!) and still use it every shift. I liked it better than the carpuject. From what I have read, the tubex one is not made anymore. It is much easier and quicker than drawing the med into a syringe. As for room to room, it is not much different that the "nurse on a stick" that goes room to room. Just disinfect it after each use.

How have you kept your Tubex that long? Or is it the metal one? I was never a huge fan of the metal one but I bet I have one around somewhere. I dropped my last blue plastic tubex a couple months ago and the metal tip broke off. A sad, sad, day! I still use the carpujects, I have my own, but often we keep one in the pt's med drawer. They often get moved to the floor with the pt then we get a new one for the next pt. I do remember when the tubex cartridges had needles... sometimes not the one I wanted to use, either. Now the Carpuject cartridges have a luer lock end so you can screw on a needless adaptor or screw it to needless tubing. I guess I do remeber giving a lot of IMs with the systems years ago (didn't phenergan come in a cartridge? and the Demerol days?) and screwing on a needle or using the one built in but I rarely give an IM anymore. Seems like if I did, I'd just screw on a safety needle. No less safe than a syringe. Less waste, less time, less cost.

Virgo_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, ED.

Love, love, love my carpuject! Our hospital carried Dilaudid in 1 or 2mg syringes, so if I'm going to give 0.25mg or 0.5mg, I will draw those up in a separate syringe. If I am giving the entire syringe as a single dose, I'll use the carpuject.

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

I use it all the time; if I'm giving a partial dose and may want the other half (ie, 0.5 of Dilaudid and repeat in an hour), I just cap it, (needleless), stick a patient label on it and have to give the rest of a dose later.

Just call pharmacy and have some sent up, if your hospital has the prefilled tubes for it they should the holders as well.