NG canisters:Do you empty at change of shift? - page 2

Do you mark the NG canister with the time and date at the end of your shift or do you empty the entire canister and put it back? Seems to me this emptying of the canister is only opening you up to... Read More

  1. by   SCRN1
    We also have disposable. They are marked at the end of each shift & charted.
  2. by   prmenrs
    If I had a baby on NG drainage, I always emptied that Luken's trap when I was I and O'g.

    Just love babies. smaller messes. [snicker, snicker]
    Last edit by prmenrs on May 25, '04
  3. by   capnnikkiRN
    In all the places I have worked, we have always marked the canister and once the canister was full, we would make sure it was sealed and dispose of it in a red box. I have never opened a canister and empties fluid at the end of the shift. One place I worked at had this stuff we put in the canister through one of the holes up top and it turned the fluids into a gel.
    I think it puts us at risk for exposure to fluid. I also think it would be cheaper to replace the canister, then to have to pay for the supplies for me to use gloves, gowns, and eye protection to prevent an exposure from fluid splashing.
  4. by   JennaRN1006
    At my facility, we simply mark the canister at the end of shift and record the measurement. We are not allowed to empty it down the sink or toilet. proper waste managment is to place the canister (either a full one or after its been d/c'd) in a red biohazard bag and place in the soiled utility room. our waste management people will dispose of properly.

    They are looking into a powder or gel, that is placed in a fresh canister that allows the contents to soldify/coagulate, so that no one is handling gastric contents, ie, reducing exposure.

    Quote from Stormy62
    Do you mark the NG canister with the time and date at the end of your shift or do you empty the entire canister and put it back? Seems to me this emptying of the canister is only opening you up to chances of exposure.

    If you do mark the canister as opposed to empyting it, can you offer me any magazine articles/studies that would support this, so I can take it to management? Thanks
  5. by   bethin
    At the end of each 8 hour shift we mark the line with a piece of tape with date, time and initials on it. Night shift empties at the end of their shift.

    If the NG is pulling alot out of a pt and it looks iffy if it will last another 2 shifts I will empty it and let incoming shifts know so they can monitor it.
  6. by   RNsRWe
    Not sure why this is a big issue....? My facility (as well as several others in my area) have us mark the level of fluid on the tape that runs the length of the cannister, at the end of each shift. We report on the amount of fluid drained per shift. When the cannister gets about 3/4 full or so, we get rid of it and put up a new one.

    The cannisters are taken off the walls (a cumbersome job, actually) and there's a small cap that pops open on the top into which we dump the powder that turns the fluid into a gel. It's not "opening" the cannister per se, but we are absolutely not allowed to dump the cannister with the LIQUID as is into the red bags. For the safety of housekeeping workers, the fluid must be 'gelled' first.

    Aside from there being no reason to empty a cannister every eight hours if it's not producing much fluid, I'd be willing to say it's a waste of resources: a new cannister, two bottles of gelling powder, for every shift, regardless of need? Seems rather wasteful to me. It's not the same as emptying a foley, where there is no replacement of a medical resource (you're not changing the bag, just pouring off fluid, right?). With these cannisters and gelling powders, even though they are disposable, why use several times more than you need for no actual reason?
  7. by   EmmaG
    We did the same, except they stopped using the gel. There was a concern about staff inhaling the powder (it did kinda *poof* up when opened and poured). Instead, they went to using large red containers that were already double lined with red bags, then we'd bag the stuff and dump in there. The red trash containers were then emptied without anyone actually having to touch the stuff.
  8. by   TazziRN
    Quote from prmenrs
    Just love babies. smaller messes. [snicker, snicker]

  9. by   oramar
    Quote from MelissaRN
    We have the cannisters that are hooked to the wall. We mark them at the end of each shift and when they are full take out the inner cannister and put a new one in. We have this special gel stuff we put in them to help solidify all the nasty stuff.
    :yeahthat:I can remember when cannisters were emptied into the sewage sytem and then replaced. However, it has been years since that was done. Now it is turned into a solid and placed in a red bag for incineration.
  10. by   icie rn
    Policy changes in many institutions do not require the nurse to empty a container at the end of the shift as long as she has a total of the output.
  11. by   suzanne4
    Please note that this thread was started more than three years ago. Things have changed in many facilities since that time.
  12. by   EmmaG
    Curses! It got me again!