Disposing of IV bags? - page 2

All of our mixed drips and piggyback meds come with a patient label that has all the specifics on it: med record #, pt name, drug concentration, flow rate, etc. We have such hassles disposing of... Read More

  1. by   suzanne4
    Red bagged trash, then incinerator..............they can ruin many shredders.
  2. by   PJMommy
    So...for those of you using red bio trash containers headed for the incinerator, do you have a container in each room? Or is there a central site on the unit?
  3. by   suzanne4
    container in each room............critical care area.....almost all of our IV bags are mixed by pharmacy, PICU ..........so all are completely labelled.......
  4. by   rjflyn
    Oh they have a label just no specific pt identifier, ie typically we label with the med info and pts last name, date, time and initals, nothing that is going to beable to specificly link the bag to one pt if found in the trash.


    Quote from estrogen
    I think it's a JCAHO violation if you don't have your IV bags labeled. If ours don't come labeled from pharmacy - i.e. NS, or the stuff out of the Pixys, we have to label it ourselves before it's hung.
  5. by   PedsERRN
    We throw ours in the red trash. Our compliance person said that it is good because it gets burned.
  6. by   sockov
    Do you think some sort of movie star complained about being "discovered" in the hospital and that is why HIPPA is around now?

    I think we are supposed to peel the label. It has perforated edges so it rips off easy, but most times it doesn't.
  7. by   adboehnen
    Where I work, we have to peel the stickers with patient names on them off of IV bags before throwing the bags in the garbage. We have several garbage receptacles on the unit where we may throw those stickers away. Some people forego pealing the stickers off of IV bags and just throw the whole gamet in the designated receptacles. I prefer to take the stickers off of the bags, though. That way, I can stick them in my pocket and throw them away when it is convenient.
  8. by   caringRNne
    Actually red bio bags are not the answer either. I believe most hospitals ect have to pay by weight. We just had an inservice on what should go in these bags. You would be amazed- just because it has a drop of blood or body fuids on it does not mean it goes in bio- Anything that can drip, flake off, or be squeezed goes in and only blood product Iv tubing. Reason being absorbant things are ment to do just that unless they are over filled. we do not throw bandaids or pads ect in red bag at home. Anyway that is just what are hosp is going by i cant rem where they got the drip, flake ect maybe jacho or something like that
  9. by   Farkinott
    Quote from jbanana
    Try carrying a black magic marker in your pocket. Just mark over pt. identifying info before disposing of the bags.

    Thankfully Oz isn't as litigious as the US but that is great simple advice!
  10. by   Luv2BAnurse
    As long as the person's name and information isn't visible, we throw it in the trash. I have been known to just tear, scratch, mark over that information. Don't forget G tube feedings, NGT feedings, etc, with information on those also. AND when the patient is discharged and wants their name band cut off, it has the same information, don't just toss that in the trash too.
  11. by   Brownbetty
    we just put ours in the trash but i never thought about it.
  12. by   mandrews
    We use a black marker and throw them in the garbage.
  13. by   lady_jezebel
    Quote from PJMommy
    All of our mixed drips and piggyback meds come with a patient label that has all the specifics on it: med record #, pt name, drug concentration, flow rate, etc. We have such hassles disposing of these.... First we were told to peel off the label (yeah, right....since they don't peel nicely - more like 100 little pieces) and dispose in shredder. Then we were to drain the bag and disconnect tubing and walk empty bag to the one and only special disposal dumpster on the unit for IV bags. Compliance is terrible -- most of us just say "to heck with it" and toss in garbage, hoping today isn't the day the hospital's attorney doesn't dig through trash, trying to bust someone for an alleged HIPAA violation.

    So, what do you all do with your labeled IV bags???
    we put ours in the biohazard (there's one in each room).