dropped pill

  1. I dropped a iron pill on the floor yesterday when I was opening the package. Now, since I am a new grad and I was always taught that when this happens to throw the pill away, I did just that. I then ordered a new one thru the computer. One of the other more experienced nurses looked at me like I was nuts! What would you guys do? I know that if I was the patient, I would want another pill.
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  3. by   epg_pei
    ...or is it only 5 for meds?

    I am, of course, just kidding!
  4. by   GPatty
    I would do the same....
  5. by   Lausana
    Just what I'd do...unless of course it's my food on my floor-then the rule is pick it up!
  6. by   jdomep
    I get a new one!

    My experience last week...a pill took flight upon opening (my first time ever passing meds too )but I caught it and quickly looked at my instructor - she said "you washed your hands right? then it is fine - it did not touch any other surface..."
    You did the right thing. Would you want to take apill that had been on the floor? And really, it's not alot of work to get the patint another one.

    Just be glad it wasn't a narc. Saved yourself having to sign it out wasted, have someone witness you waste it, and sign out another!

  8. by   renerian
    I agree with you. Toss the pill

  9. by   Youda
    All through your nursing career, there will be some who don't do things as you were taught. Continue to do it as you were taught anyway.
  10. by   kittyw
    Think about all the grip growing on that hospital floor .... at home it's different - at least it's my own germs there. Hospital floors are just plain nasty!!!
  11. by   jenac
    Look at it this way guys: I know what I've stepped in today....do you? Uck- get another pill.
  12. by   BadBird
    Hey, I dropped a pill last night, just threw it away and got another. I sure wouldn't take a pill that fell on the hospital floor and I wouldn't expect my patient to either.
  13. by   emily_mom
    I dropped a Dig on the floor in the pt room during clinical one day. I picked it up and put it in the cup, telling the pt that I would go get another one. I went out to the desk and my instructor was gone so my nurse blew on it and threw it back in the cup. I told her I didn't want to give it b/c it was on the floor (and I had just cleaned up tons of blood off of it from her cath bag having a whole in it...she was over coumadin'd). She told me if I didn't want to give that was fine and proceeded to take the cup out of my hand and walk into the lady's room. Eesh...
  14. by   missionnurse
    Yep! I would chuck it too!!!

    Good call!!!