Pneumatic tube systems.... - page 3

We are getting a spanking brand new hospital!! This is a real feat for us because the one we are working in now is from the Florence Nightingale era. (Not quite maybe, but close). Management is... Read More

  1. by   rotty2chicago
    Do you think a tube system would ever work in LTC?
  2. by   nursemary9

    I don't know how we did it without the tube system!!
    What a time-saver it has been.
    We had one at the other hospital I worked for; I came to this place & really missed it----was I happy when they put one in about 3 years ago!!

    They were able to eliminate several transporter positions because of the tube system---I'm sure those people were not happy.

    We use it for almost everything, includimg sending up blood from, the blood bank; pharmacy sends everything thru the tube including narcs----with narcs, there is a security code that needs to be entered before you can get it from the tube. The pharmacy will call the particular nurse with the code; works really well.

    The only place our tube system does not go is med records.

    Mary Ann
  3. by   kcalohagirl
    We just got ours about 6 months ago, maybe a little less, so I've worked both with and without one. It is a freaking godsend! (Just my unbiased opinion. *grin*) I won't say that there aren't snafus occasionally, they will happen. However, it is wonderful to draw your labs and pop them in the carrier rather than to pop them in the tray to (hopefully) have someone walk them down personally. Or take time from your patients to walk them down yourself, and frankly, there are days when you really don't have the 15 minutes (it's a big hospital) to walk them down yourself.

    Pharmacy can tube you what you need fairly close to the time when you need it. No longer need to run down to the pharmacy to grab that bottle of specially mixed antibiotic or narcotic.

    In order to tube narcotics, there is a passcode unique to each transaction so security is ensured. . . . .

    I would say way more positives. I love our tube system. Occasionally we get issues when something gets tubed to the CVP as opposed to the CTP, or the CTR, but we know that happens, and the tube system has a doorbell sort of thing on it so we know something has arrived, and if it's not ours we send it on
  4. by   zoniekat
    Tube systems are a GODSEND!! I've worked with and without and can't imagine being without one. What a timesaver. How can a hospital not put one in? Is teleporting ala Star Trek a new viable option?

    I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return. Frida Kahlo
    Mexican painter (1907 - 1954)
  5. by   lsyorke
    I worked for 18 years in a hospital without a tube system, 4 years in one with one. OMG, I LOVE that thing!! Saves huge amounts of time walking to departments, especially pharmacy. We get new drugs in minutes instead of hours!!
  6. by   jetsetter
    Do you work in Illinois? Were getting a new hospital, too!
  7. by   muffie
    the tube system rocks

    nuff said ?
  8. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    just got one but it doesn't go to pharmacy
  9. by   banditrn
    Quote from NurseGirlKaren
    Why would you NOT have a tube system? I can't imagine a hospital without one!! As long as you don't send things that you're not supposed to, they are pretty reliable and don't jam.

    I would push really hard for this. My department is physically located in the building next door to the hospital and nurses bringing patients are forever forgetting patient labels, med kardexes, etc. "Oh, I'll just tube it to you." Uh, no you won't--we don't have a tube station. Makes it really inconvenient.

    Good luck.
    Agree 100%