Such a DUMB thing to get so upset about!! (rant)

  1. So, I work on a small Med Surge unit.

    We get all of our meds from an Accudose.

    On Sunday nights, we have to count all of the narcotics in
    the Accudose. Generally, one person will count the pills
    and syringes, the other person will witness and maybe
    put all of the numbers into the little computer screen.

    When I do the pill counting, I constantly cause "cabinet
    errors", meaning I didn't get the little cabinets closed
    properly. When this happens, the whole narcotic
    count basically shuts down and has to be done all
    over again. These errors are caused by there being
    too many pills or syringes stuffed into one drawer.

    I often have to restart my count 3,4 times. I'm the
    ONLY person who seems to be having this problem.
    It makes me SO frustrated and angry!

    I'm at the point where I'm about to refuse to count
    any more... but I hate to make my coworker do the
    counting because she is very short and it's harder on
    her physically; the accudose is kinda tall, some of the
    med drawers are harder for her to reach.

    I have emailed the pharmacist about maybe reducing
    the narcotic count by taking out meds that we don't
    use often. We are such a small unit and it's ridiculous
    to have that many meds in there anyway. We'll see
    how that goes over.
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  3. by   NutmeggeRN
    Narcs are only counted 1 x weekly? I have no idea how Accudose works.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Make a deal with the short nurse, coffee or cookies or something else she likes, and get one of those little step stools for her to use.
  5. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    I hated using the accudose machine, it's what Duke uses and I had gotten so used to Pyxsis it kept throwing me off because it does it's stuff opposite of what I was used too. I am with Caliotter. Bargain with the other nurse.
  6. by   KelRN215
    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    Narcs are only counted 1 x weekly? I have no idea how Accudose works.
    When I worked in the hospital, we only did Inventory of the controlled substances once/week. Every time you pulled one, you did have to count that specific drug.
  7. by   organichombre