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Disposable Vs. Reusable Pill Cutters


My hospital is currently using reusable pill cutters but is thinking of switching to disposable ones. I was wondering which one is used in the hospitals you work at and why? Which one is better, and would it be costly to use the disposable ones?


Has 20 years experience.

I’ve seen some hospitals assign a new one to each patient that has meds that need cutting. As the Pt is billed for it they can either take it with them on discharge or it is disposed of. Not sure how cost effective it is.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

They are literally a $2 item. Even retail.

We do not cut pills at all that is done by the pharmacy where I work. The tablet is then packaged at sent to the floor which I feel is safer because not every pill can be cut in half

Edited by registerednutrn