What do you bring home with you? - page 2

I just had to laugh -- today I noticed that there are piles of alcohol packets from work all over house. Then I noticed that I also have an IV end cap rattling around on my dresser. I have... Read More

  1. by   camay1221_RN
    Since the tag was deactivated to cut the band, and we did not re-engage the prongs until the tag was sterilized and a new strip was on, the alarm would not go off as long as the prongs were not activated with the new band. Good grief, I confused myself!!! This did not happen with our old system, because they would go off regardless of whether they were activated or not. The new system sucked!!

    Quote from CNM2B
    Renee...can I ask you this? How did the security tag get off the floor without setting off an alarm? Or wasn't it one of those?
  2. by   Energizer Bunny
    Ah okay...I think that made sense to me! LOLOLOL!!!
  3. by   ?burntout
    I usually bring home alcohol wipes, bandaids, rolls of tape, blunt needles, needles (still in wrapper), syringes...I've brought home Lasix IV (after giving one stat dose), saline flush. I brought home Neurontin one time-a patient was NPO and I forgot to return it that day...I did the next day though. :imbar

    I also bring home the little connectors to extend the O2 tubing too. My hubby says "What are these things??"... :chuckle
    Last edit by ?burntout on Apr 29, '04
  4. by   gwenith
    Alcohol wipes OP pens (mind you they take mine so it is a fair swap), suture material (OK I was setting up for a CVC line didn't know what the doc wanted) amps of various stuff from N/S to lignocaine not a lot considering the years I have been a nurse.
  5. by   nurturing_angel
    Quote from camay1221_RN
    Let's not forget all the pens from the many different drug companies!!

    I have also found I, inadvertently, brought home one of the security tags from a newborn I had discharged during my shift. Then, there were the cord clamp removers, a tube of Lansinoh, always kept one in my pocket for the BF mom who didn't have one. A tube or two of vasoline, here and there. Then the usuals, some of you have already mentioned, alcohol, IV caps, etc.

    Yep, I am an accidental klepto, also!!:chuckle

    I managed to bring a security tag from a newborn discharge home with me once and was horrified to find it in my pocket and know the system had failed. However, upon returning it, it did alarm as it should have. I never took that system for granted again and I watched my babies a lot closer. :uhoh21:
  6. by   LydiaGreen
    Actually, I purposely bring stuff home with me. No, it's not what it sounds like! LOL! I always make sure that I have lots of powder-free gloves in my pockets because the powdered gloves make me break out in a rash (stores tries to keep a few boxes in the storeroom for me but no matter where I hide them, they seem to get used up by everyone else). I also make sure that I always have at least one NS flush, one 3 cc syringe, one 21-gauge needle, and a small stack of alchohol swabs. When I get home, I empty my pockets on my night stand and when I get dressed for my next shift, I just put it all back in their usual pocket and I am prepared before I even get to the floor. And, this way, I avoid the little piles of supplies throughout the house.
  7. by   glopop11
    gloves, gloves, gloves, a whole dresser full of gloves.....lol
  8. by   Stitchie
    Yep, I have a glove compartment full of vinyl and latex gloves too!

    I also have tons of pens -- they're everywhere!
  9. by   OCCHCanada
    bandage scissors, tiny curved iris scissors, TAPE, swabs and the O2 connectors.
    I've also brought home a watch that wasn't mine - returned the next day.
  10. by   unknown99
    OMG.... those little alcohol swabs, always. I have brought home tape, 4x4's, and the pulse ox.
  11. by   nialloh
    I always have a bottle of nitro with me. I bring them back when I get to 5.
  12. by   RN_Amy
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I just checked around, I have alcohol wipes, pen lights, and a green "Christmas tree" (oxygen thingie you connect the nasal cannula to).
    Aren't they called oxygen nipples....?
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I have a few bottles of heparin rattling around my house and car.